GPS for Your Headaches
Head pounding? Here's your roadmap to the most common headache pains and how to get relief asap
Your head is being squeezed in a vice
The land of tension headaches
If you sit at a desk all day hunched over a computer (like right now, as you're reading this article -- sorry), you may be prone to tension headaches. As you bend forward, the muscles in your neck, back and shoulders are forced into a tense, shortened position.
Shortcut to relief:
"Anything that helps you do the opposite motion will provide relief," says Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. "Leaning backward on a physio ball can help as well as sleeping with a cervical neck pillow. That will keep the tension in the neck away, which ultimately leads to the head tension." A tension headache is also the perfect excuse to drop all responsibilities, float in a bath of Epsom salts and demand a massage.
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