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heading off headaches
Except for head colds, headaches are the most your muscles for ages without causing pain until
common human ailment. In fact, something “triggers” them to
headaches beat out backaches as the become active. Common triggers
number-one cause of time lost from include fatigue, stress, poor posture,
work. Approximately three out of repetitive movements at work and
every four people will have at least cold drafts.
one headache within the year.
Massage therapy is a proven way of
Some headaches, like migraines, are treating trigger points for long-term
caused by a disturbance of brain headache relief. In one study,
“Massage has a chemicals called neurotransmitters. researchers found that chronic
However, according to Dr Janet headache sufferers had dramatic
clear long-term Travell and Dr David Simons, relief after ten massages that focused
effect on specialists in musculoskeletal pain, on treatment of trigger points.
“It is now becoming clear that
chronic tension Although you may get some relief
tension headache is usually due to
with general relaxation massage,
headache trigger points.”
long-term relief depends on correctly
lasting up to six Trigger points are small knots that identifying and treating specific
develop in muscles. These knots or trigger points which are responsible
months.” mini-spasms make pain travel to Trigger points (small for your pain. Single muscle trigger
muscle knots) in the
Dr Puustijarni, different areas of the body, often
shoulder muscles (X’s)
points can often be eliminated
nowhere near the knot itself. For quickly and easily, sometimes within
Researcher example, trigger points at the top of
cause pain to radiate
one or two treatments.
into the areas shown
your neck can send pain directly in the illustration: the In more complicated cases however,
into your eye. base of the skull, the
temple, and sometimes it may take significant time and your
The name trigger point comes from the jaw. active participation to get lasting
the fact that these knots can sit in results.
when should you
see a doctor?
In a small number of cases, severe headaches may • a headache with fever and neck stiffness
be a warning sign of a more serious disorder such • a headache accompanied by confusion or
as very high blood pressure, stroke, bleeding in the difficulty speaking—especially following a
brain or even a tumour. The following signs should blow to the head, even one that occurred
send you to a doctor immediately: several weeks earlier
• you suddenly start having severe headaches, • a headache accompanied by inflamed, clogged
especially if they are your first ones and you sinuses – it may be the result of infection and
are over 35 years of age build-up of pus in the sinus passages
• you have a severe headache during or • any increase in the intensity or frequency of
immediately after physical exertion or headaches
Many people use painkillers to get worse after applying the pack, it is Slouching is particularly
rid of their headaches. Don’t take possible that the cold pack may be problematic as it prevents you from
painkillers for extended periods aggravating a trigger point. breathing normally and shortens the
without consulting with your doctor. muscles in the back of your neck.
Heat. Some people find that heat is
Because some medications, even
better than cold at relieving Get to the cause. A headache may
over the counter drugs, have
headaches. Most gel packs can also be your body’s way of telling you
unpleasant and sometimes
be heated. They are generally safer that there is some underlying
dangerous side effects it’s always
and more effective than heating pads stressful problem in your life: a
best to rely on non-drug treatments
because they mold nicely to the troubled relationship, an unfulfilling
when possible. Here are a few
shape of our neck and are less likely job, or an upcoming exam. Your
to cause burns. A hot bath or hot headaches may go away only after
Relaxation training. Relaxation has shower may even be better. these stressful situations are
been shown to be extremely Headaches caused by trigger points resolved.
effective in the management of generally respond well to heat,
Massage. This is one of our
headaches. For example, one study whereas migraine headaches may be
favourites simply because we know
published in the journal Headache aggravated.
it works so well. Many people think
in 1989 found that migraine
Exercise. Regular exercise helps that massage provides only short-
sufferers who were taught relaxation
relieve stress and tension and thus term relief. However, research
exercises had 30% to 40% fewer
can be an excellent way to prevent shows that not only is massage
attacks over the course of three
headaches. Neck, back, and shoulder effective at eliminating headaches,
years. The subjects were also better
stretches also help relieve tension but the relief can last for months.
able to cope with the attacks when
and are essential for trigger point Part of the effectiveness lies in the
they occurred and required less
headaches. Ask your massage elimination of trigger points. As
therapist for stretches that are well, regular massage can actually
Cold. Reusable gel packs are an appropriate for you. retrain your nervous system to
inexpensive and simple solution that decrease the tension in your muscles
Improved posture. Sitting
can be used in place of or as an on a more permanent basis.
improperly, at a computer terminal
adjunct to medication. Keep the gel
for instance can create tension in the
pack in the freezer. At the first signs
muscles and trigger a headache.
of a headache put it in a tea towel
and wrap it around your neck. About
70% of headache sufferers will
experience some relief with the use To reduce tension and eliminate trigger points in your
of gel packs. If your headache gets shoulders and neck try this stretch:
Put one hand over your head and gently bring your ear
to your shoulder until you feel a comfortable stretching
“Migraine sufferers sensation in the side of your neck. Avoid poking your
who were taught chin forward or rotating your head. Keep your other
shoulder down by reaching to the floor with your fingers
relaxation had 30% or grabbing the seat of your chair. Hold this position for
to 40% fewer 15 seconds and then repeat to the other side.
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If you have specific health concerns consult your medical doctor. The information in this newsletter
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