Your headache can be gone within 10 seconds with this trick, says a physiotherapist
People who have to deal with recurring headaches and migraines don’t have it easy. This debilitating pain is both mentally and physically exhausting and the throbbing, nagging pain is difficult to get rid of. Yet it turns out there’s a trick that will help you be headache-free withing 10 seconds if we’re to believe this physiotherapist!
Understanding your triggers and the type of headache you have can help you relieve or prevent the pain.
Does nothing seem to help against the pain in your head and are you at the end of your wits? Then it might be time to look at things from a new perspective. In an interview with Prevention Magazine, renowned physiotherapist David Reavy sheds some light on a very common cause of tension headaches. With this type of ache, the pain can vary from dull to moderate and it can occur very often or just once in a while. It’s often described as a pain that stretches around the head and that reaches to both sides of the head. Sometimes a tension headache causes your eyes to hurt.
Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and dehydration can be the causes of tension headaches. The chewing muscle, or masseter muscle, can also play a big role in this type of headache. This is the strongest muscle in the body and it can lead to a headache when it’s pulled too taut. The masseter muscle is located in the face, around the cheek and jaw, and is responsible for moving the jaw. A tense or overworked masseter muscle can lead to discomfort in your neck, shoulders and head. Headaches that are caused by this muscle can be relieved with a simple massage technique.
According to Reavy, this technique can make your headache disappear in just a couple of seconds. First, locate the groove right beneath your cheekbone and above your jawbone with your fingers. Using one or two fingertips should work. Let your fingers rest on the fleshy part of the masseter muscle. This is the area you’re going to apply the massage technique to. Massage the area with your fingers or knuckles inwards and downwards. Apply gentle pressure and open and close your mouth while you’re doing this. After a few seconds, your masseter muscle will feel more relaxed already and your headache will dwindle away.
It’s smart to apply this massage technique already when you can feel the tension headache coming on. The physiotherapist also says there are people who tend to clench their jaws when they feel stressed. For those people, it’s especially important to apply this technique on a regular basis. People who grind their teeth in their sleep can also benefit from this method as it will ease the pain.