A headache is a condition of mild to severe pain in the head. It can also attack the upper back or neck area. There are different types of headaches, but most of the time headaches are brought on by stress, too much time in front of computer, noise and others irritants.
One of the main causes of a headache is tension in the muscles of the neck, scalp and jaw. We usually deal with it by taking a nap, or taking over-the counter medications to relieve the pain.
Obviously, we can’t take a nap at the office or at the mall. In addition, what if you don’t have medication when the headache strikes?
Don’t stress. The easiest way to handle a headache (and you can do it anywhere), is through massage. Massage is the practice of applying pressure or vibration to the soft tissues of the body, to heal injury, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, improve circulation and relieve tension.
When a headache strikes, we can help ourselves with self-massage. It’s simple, and anybody can do it, either at work or home.
Here are 4 Quick and Easy Ways to Relieve a Headache.
1. Eye Area Massage
Close your eyes. Place your middle fingers under your eyes, above cheekbones. Massage that area gently but firmly in circular motion for 1 minute
2. Eyes to Nose Massage
Using your thumb, go along the underside of your eyebrows (along the bone on top of the eye socket). Feel where this bone meets the bridge of your nose and eyes, and find a point where there is a small indentation. With very gentle pressure, press your thumbs into the points. You can do it four times by holding and pressing that area for 10 seconds with each press.
3. Neck Massage
Massage the point where you can feel it by moving your middle fingers to the back of your head, and feel the base of your skull. Specially, the top of your neck that meets the base of your skull. Massage for one minute using finger tips in a gentle, circular movement.
4. Scalp Massage
Let the palms of your hands massage your scalp on the top of your skull for a minute, gently.
Once you have done all these massages, start taking deep breaths. Lift your shoulders towards your ears for five to 10 seconds to relief remaining pain, and then let them drop back down into their natural position.
You’re going to feel better when you can do that a couple of times. Your massage will relieve your headache, and your head will feel less heavy.
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