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Stress, Headaches and Migraines

headachesStress is the feeling of being under pressure. A little bit of pressure can increase productivity, be motivating and improve performance. However, too much pressure or prolonged pressure can lead to stress, which is unhealthy for the mind and body. It can cause symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, sweating, lack of appetite and difficulty concentrating.

Headaches and migraines.

There are many different types of headaches associated with varied different problems which are very common, causing pain or discomfort in the head or neck.  Serious causes of headaches are extremely rare.  The most common headaches are probably caused by tight,contracted muscles in your shoulders,neck,scalp and jaw.  These are called tension headaches.

Tension headaches affect over 40% of the UK population at any one time. Many people have one or two tension type headaches every month. Sometimes they develop more frequently, typically during times of stress depression or anxiety.  Overworking, not getting enough sleep, missing meals and using alcohol can make you more susceptible to them.  The pain tends to be on both sides of your head.  It often starts at the back of your head and spreads forward.

Migrain headaches are severe headaches that usually occur with other symptoms such as visual disturbances or nausea.  It tends to start on one side of your head although it may spread to both sides.

Other types of headaches are:

  • Cluster headaches are sharp, extremely painful headaches that tend to occur several times per day for months and then go away for a similar period.  They are far less common.
  • Sinus headaches cause pain in the front of your head and face due to the inflammation in the sinus passages.

Headaches may occur if you have a cold, flu or premenstrual syndrome.

Acupressure points relax the nervous system and release ailments associated with headaches.



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