Reach, relieve and relax tension headaches

Life moves faster today than it ever has done. With so many things to do, people to see and responsibilities to upkeep, it’s no wonder that so many people suffer from tension headaches associated with physical and mental stress. Prepare for tension headaches striking by keeping a packet of Nurofen oral pain relief remedies close to hand. Did you know Nurofen is more effective than paracetamol in the relief of tension headaches*? You’ll be able to reach, relieve and relax knowing that your pain is in good hands when a tension headache threatens to spoil your day.

What is a tension headache?

Tension headaches are dull, aching pains experienced on both sides of the head. Many sufferers say it feels like a tight band around the head or a heavy pressure pressing down on them.

What causes tension headaches?

Tension headaches can be caused by a number of things. The most common causes include;

  • Stress, depression or anxiety
  • Skipping meals
  • Fatigue
  • Eye strain
  • Poor posture resulting in tense neck muscles

How can you help prevent tension headaches?

Try learning certain techniques to help calm you in times of stress. A gym instructor or your doctor should be able to show you some simple breathing techniques. You could also take up a meditation class. Exercising is another good way to manage your stresses and strains. It releases “feel good” chemicals (called endorphins) that can help boost your mood and clear your mind.

Should you be concerned about tension headaches?

Most tension headaches are not a sign of something more serious. But do speak to a doctor if:

  • You suddenly develop severe or frequent headaches
  • You get visual disturbances
  • You develop headaches, or your headaches change, after starting the contraceptive pill
  • You think your headache is related to a blow or injury

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*Schachtel B et al, 1996