Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Relaxation Techniques Can Relieve Tension Headaches

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Relaxation Techniques Can Relieve Tension Headaches

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Dear Doctor K: I have tension headaches. Will mind-body techniques relieve or prevent them?

Dear Reader: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Unlike migraine headaches, a tension headache doesn't throb.

Also, it typically starts by hurting around the entire head. Mind- body therapies can help with these headaches.

Tension headaches are probably the result of abnormal pain sensors in the tissues of the scalp. These sensors appear to be more sensitive, and more likely to send pain signals.

Mind-body therapies include meditation, relaxation techniques, yoga, hypnosis, stress management and biofeedback

These therapies lower stress, which is a widely accepted trigger of headaches. They also promote healthier lifestyle habits, such as getting adequate sleep, which can help to keep headaches at bay. …

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