Preventing and Treating Tension Headaches

Preventing and Treating Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are directly linked to stress levels which are on the increase. We understand that tension headaches 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 tension 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.

What causes tension headaches?

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 so choosing a magnesium supplement can be confusing. I prefer to recommend Magnesium Complex which contains several forms of magnesium compounds such as magnesium glycinate, also known as magnesium bisglycinate, which is known to help with maintaining a healthy nervous system. The other forms of magnesium compounds in Magnesium Complex also provide magnesium's benefits for sleep, stress and energy enhancement. Magnesium Complex is a key supplement to prevent tension headaches and as a treatment for tension headaches for those who do not wish to take strong medications. 


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