What to do about those probably unavoidable tension headaches in the age of computers and cell phones
Whether it’s caused by staring at the weird computer screen light for too long, or squinting at your cell phone…or, from running to the massage studio and then to the doctor’s office and then to the gym…or, from not drinking adequate fluids and becoming dehydrated…or from arguing with a family member, dealing with job stress, or experiencing financial issues…tension headaches seem to be a part of our everyday life.
“There are approximately 45 million Americans complaining of headaches each year. That works out to about one in every six people or 16.54% of the population. More than eight million Americans visit their doctor for complaints of headache each year.” — Frequent Headaches, Migraines, Headache Statistics, www.ihateheadaches.org/headache-statistics.html
If you’re someone who would rather not pop a pill when those annoying needles or that throbbing at the top of your head starts, learning some handy trigger point therapy might help.
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“…at some point, we have all experienced a tension headache. It’s that dull achy pain on the forehead, temples or even the base of the neck. It could feel like a clamp around your head with trouble sleeping and mild sensitivity to sound and light. They can last anywhere from 30 min to a few days. Tension headaches can be triggered by stress, or tightened muscles around the head, neck, and shoulders. We are sitting down more as a species than we ever have before in our existence. Our bodies haven’t adapted to the skull and neck facing downwards at a phone screen or hunched over a desk browsing Amazon or [insert website of choice], and it gets painful.”
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