Stress, as a crude definition, is conceptualized as an imbalance between a demand, and the resources to handle demand, that are commonly manifested by psycho-physiological arousal (hormonal and neural).
This imbalance fatigues the body and result in a strain on the system, thus leading to malfunctioning and dis-ease in the body. For decades, chiropractors have been emphasizing the importance of the various types of stressors contributed to our health and well being.
Researches showed that stress is most frequently reported precipitant in headache attack, with more than 90% of patients claimed that stress affects at least some degree of their headache.
Stress does not only contribute to headache disorder in those predisposed individuals, but also trigger or worsen individual headache episodes in those with headache, and exacerbate the progression of a headache disorder, from an episodic to chronic condition.
7 ways to relieve stress-related headache
- Take responsibilities of your health!
- Visit a chiropractor.
Chiropractors can perform gentle spinal adjustments to correct impairments that may be causing your headaches.
- Re-evaluate your lifestyle. A poor diet, not enough sleep and exercise, and stress, can all make you unwell.
- Get a massage. Whether it’s a friend rubbing your shoulders or a professional working your entire body, soft tissue manipulation relieves muscle tension and releases feel-good hormones.
- Visit a naturopath and try herbal remedies. They are considered to have value for getting rid of headaches
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to a headache. Drink a tall glass of water as soon as your head starts to hurt, and try to continue drinking small sips throughout the day.
- Practice relaxation techniques. People around the world use a variety of tricks to distract themselves from pain. If you’re in the midst of a headache, don’t worry about learning something new — stick to whatever is closest to your comfort zone.