Reported cases of tension headaches on the rise
Modern life equals a stressful life for many of us, responsibilities both at work and at home can be a relentless juggling act with very little down time. These increased stress levels have lead to an increase in the reported cases of stress and tension headaches.
Tension headache is the most common type of headache
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and in most cases are fairly short lived but for some the pain can last for days. The pain is characterised by throbbing sensations and affects the front, top and sides of the head. Pain is also experienced around the back of the neck and in the muscles between the shoulder blades. Tensions headaches generally do not cause photosensitivity or problems affecting vision and balance.
Stress hormone Cortisol causes tightening of muscles and nerves around the neck
The cause of a tension headache is linked to the stress hormone Cortisol - it is thought to cause tightening of the muscles and nerves around the neck and head which in turn causes a reduction in blood flow to the brain. Other factors that play a role in tension headaches include hormonal imbalances, magnesium deficiencies, poor diet and sleep disturbances.
Magnesium supplementation may hold natural cure
Studies to date have seen sufferers of tension headaches respond very well to magnesium supplementation; it is thought that large numbers of the adult population area deficient in this very important mineral. It is essential to hundreds of different reactions within our bodies and 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.
So if your 'go to' is an over the counter painkiller but you would prefer to try a more natural remedy to relieve your tension headache why not try a magnesium supplement?
A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.