June 22, 2010

Stress Headache and Your Daily Life

Filed under: Alternative Medicine Health Fitness — Administrator @ 1:46 am

The medical community has set out a well defined categorization of headaches.  The first category, that of the primary headache, is experienced by almost everyone throughout their lives.  The primary headache is by far the most common kind of headache, and is by definition not life threatening, nor indicative of any kind of neurological problem.  The cluster headache category causes far more pain and affects only a small segment of the population.  Cluster headaches are so called because of the random groupings in which they occur.  Patients can go pain free for years before suddenly suffering a rash of attacks.  Secondary headaches are classified as symptoms of a deeper neurological issue, such as internal bleeding, tumor growth, or chemical imbalance in the brain.  Cluster headaches and secondary headaches are far rarer than primary headaches.

The common stress headache falls into the primary category.  Although not life threatening, the stress headache can cause serious pain that is very discomforting.  In some cases, the common stress headache can become quite uncomfortable.  It is important that these cases be resolved as quickly as possible to avoid serious discomfort.  The first step in treatment is knowing the source of the issue.  Stress headache is believed to actually originate from a tightness of the cranial muscles.  The added pressure from this contraction introduces a painful and uncomfortable sensation.  The problem has nothing to do with any neurological issue, but rather with the tightness around the skull.

The tightening of the muscles around the skull is typically explained as a feeling of band-like tightness around the forehead.  This is the first sign of stress headache, and can be a good time to administer preventive measures like a dosage of Ibuprofen or the natural pain reliever called Willow Bark.  To actually prevent stress headache more effectively, the root problem should be investigated.  If stress headache occurs seemingly on a schedule, it can be assumed that some life circumstance is to blame.  Stress management can be an important component of any treatment.  Attempt to change the circumstances that trigger stress headache, or manage them more effectively, and stress headache may be reduced.  If pain persists in a chronic fashion, be sure to visit a physician.

Butterbur Extract, Ashwaganbda and Feverfew are just a few of the natural herbals you can take for this type of headache.

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