There are 2 types of headaches, Tension Headaches and Migraine’s.
Tension headaches are by far the most common and occur periodically in more then one third of adults. The 2 major contributes to these types of headaches are Stress and Dehydration other factors include food intolerances, hormones, TMJ dysfunction and even changes in the weather.
Stress causes muscular tension of the upper shoulders and neck, which attach to your head. Tightening of these muscles put extra pressure on the back of your cranium causing pain which can then refer to the front usually above your eyes. I often experience the same tightness after long periods of paddling in the surf, which can cause the same symptoms.
Dehydration is the other major factor that usually arises from lack of water in the body especially surfing in tropical climates where sun stroke is common causing symptoms of headaches and from the effects of drinking too much alcohol.
Then we have the poor old Migraine, which the autonomy is not fully understood but is believed to be a neurovascular disorder. It is not as simple as re hydrating yourself or de-stressing. Those unfortunate to get migraines usually feel the symptoms of nausea, blurred vision or auroras and will get relief by sleeping in a dark quite room.
If you do suffer from Tension headaches, instead of popping pills, drink plenty of water or even a cup of coffee will help short term to open the capillaries allowing increased blood flow to the brain and of course, massage will release those tense muscles of the neck and shoulder alleviating the pain.
Words by Adrian Shortland
Adrian Shortland in Byron Bay
"Its all about Good Times"...surfing with friends,eating well,having a clear mind and balancing life. Adrian is a specialised Remedial Massage Therapist who has spent the past 10 years dedicated to lecturing and research in the field of Natural Therapies, combining this with his passion for surfing and knowledge of the body and its movements, he has helped many surfers get back on their boards from chronic injuries.
To contact Adrian, 0412 430 262