Preventing and Treating Stress Headaches
With stress levels at an all-time high, it is no wonder that increasingly more people are complaining about stress and tension headaches. We understand that they are linked to stress, but what actually happens when these hit in?
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and may appear once or twice a month, daily or anywhere in between. For the majority, these headaches are mild and short-lived, but for some, the pain can carry on for several days. The pain tends to be throbbing, affecting the front, top and sides of the head. Most people experience pain around the back of the neck and in the muscles between the shoulder blades. Although some people experience light sensitivity, tension headaches generally do not affect vision and balance.
Stress is clearly the causal factor for these types of headaches and it is thought that the stress hormone, cortisol, causes the tightening of the muscles and nerves around the neck and head, resulting in reduced blood flow to the brain. There are of course other factors that may play a role in tension headaches and these include hormonal imbalances, magnesium deficiencies, poor diet and sleep disturbances.
Most people with tension headaches respond very favourably to magnesium supplementation; it is estimated that large numbers of the adult population are deficient in this very important mineral, which plays a vital role in over 300 biochemical reactions within our bodies. Magnesium plays a key role in energy production, stress response and hormone manufacture. Magnesium is also the key mineral for relaxation as it helps to relax muscles and nerves.
There are hundreds of magnesium supplements on the market, however the problem with magnesium supplementation is that magnesium is ill-absorbed by the body. The supplement that I tend to recommend is Neuro-Mag by Life Extension. This supplement contains a patented form of magnesium which has been shown to be taken up by the spinal cord and hence into the nerves in the brain where magnesium is required to relax the nerves.
DISCLAIMER: The views, opinions and information expressed in this article and on Victoriahealth.com Ltd are those of the author(s) in an editorial context. Victoriahealth.com Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors or for any consequences arising from the use of the information contained in this editorial or anywhere else on the site. Every effort is made by the editorial and content team to see that no inaccurate or misleading information, opinion or statement appear, nor replace or constitute endorsement from medical bodies or trials unless specified. Victoriahealth.com Ltd accept no liability for the consequences of any inaccurate or misleading data, information, opinion or statement. Information on Victoriahealth.com Ltd and in the editorials is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this website or in the editorials for diagnosing or treating a health concern or disease, or for the replacement of prescription medication or other treatment.