Headache: Ways to Stop the
Almost everyone gets an occasional headache
with its throbbing, pounding, vise-like sensation. The list
of things that cause headaches is long.
Migraine, cluster and sinus headaches are
entities in themselves and often require medical intervention.
They aren’t “just in your head”. However, the
most common headache is usually caused by tension, and is the focus
of this topic.
Ways to treat a tension
Massage neck muscles, rubbing gently and firmly toward the
heart. Massage temples
in a gentle circular motion, beginning at the center and moving
a heating pad to the shoulders and neck or take a warm shower,
water massage the area.
down in a dark room with a cool cloth to the forehead.
a cold pack against the forehead or neck.
aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen for pain, preferably
pain becomes excruciating when the cycle is hard to break.
Rate the pain on a scale
of 1 to 10 with 10 being unbearable and 1 insignificant.
Intervene at level 2-3 so that it
never reaches level 5.
relaxation techniques. Slow deep breathing with eyes closed
progressive relaxation techniques may also help prevent headaches
Tips to prevent tension
ways to reduce stress in your life.
-Slow down and take five deep breaths.
-Daily set aside time to meditate.
a conscious effort to relax the muscles of the jaw, neck and
before there is a headache. Massage temples and neck
Notice and correct neck and shoulder posture that results in
daily exercise, preferably outside.
Reduce the amount of caffeine and sugar consumed in coffee, tea,
and soft drinks.
foods that seem to cause headaches.
Some common foods that may cause
headaches in certain people
Foods prepared with monosodium glutamate (MSG)
B. Janice Faulkner, RN, BS, MSN, FCN
Ascension Lutheran Church
Minocqua, WI 54538 USA