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Yoga for Headache
13 Mar

Yoga for Headache

What is Headache?

A headache can be a sign of stress or emotional distress,. It can lead to other problems. People with chronic migraine headaches, for example, may find it hard to attend work or school regularly.

A Headache can categorized into different types:-

(a) Primary headaches:-

Primary headaches can be caused directly by the overactivity or problems with structures in the head that are pain-sensitive.

This includes the blood vessels, muscles, and nerves of the head and neck. 

They may also result from changes in chemical activity in the brain.

Common primary headaches include migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches.


(b) Secondary headaches:-

Secondary headaches happen when another condition stimulates the pain-sensitive nerves of the head.

A wide range of different factors can cause secondary headaches.


These include:

• Brain tumor

Alcohol-induced hangover

Eating something icy can lead to a "brain freeze."

Alcohol-induced hangover

Brain tumor

Blood clots

Bleeding in or around the brain

"Brain freeze," or ice-cream headaches

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Concussion

Dehydration

Glaucoma

Teeth-grinding at night

Influenza

Overuse of pain medication, known as rebound headaches

Panic attacks

Stroke


Current Scenario of a Headache in India:-

More people complain about headaches than any other medical ailment.

Approximately 45 million Americans are complaining of headaches each year.

There are total 16.54% of America’spopulation and 12-15% of India’s Population suffering from Headache.

More than 80 to 90 percent of the population suffer from tension headaches at least some time in their lives.

69 percent of males experience tension headaches.

88 percent of females experience tension headaches.

The average age of the first onset is between nine and 12 years old.

Around 16 to 17 percent of the population complains of migraines.

Source:- http://www.ihateheadaches.org/


5 Poses for Headache Relief:-

1. Padangusthasana:-

The Padangusthasana is one of the first and most basic yoga asanas you will learn. 

It is, quite simply, a standing forward bend, which requires you to catch your big toe with your hands. 

When you bend forward, the blood gushes down to your head, promoting circulation as well as enough oxygen.

Your headache will come down almost instantly.


2. Ardha Pincha Mayurasana :-

The Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, or the Dolphin Pose, is quite similar to the Adho Mukha Svanasana (you could also practice this asana to get rid of your headache). 

But instead of resting your body weight on your palms, it lean it on the elbows. 

This asana gives your back and neck a good stretch and also allows blood flow  to the brain. 

The unwinding and relaxing stretch with that pump of extra oxygen is just what it takes to relieve a headache.


3. Prasarita Padottanasana:-

This asana is also a standing forward bend.

Much like the Padangusthasana, or the Uttanasana (also useful to relieve headaches), this pose entails a complete fold at the abdomen, which allows your back, neck, shoulders, and head to benefit from the gushing blood owing to the anti-gravity bend. 

This relieves a headache almost instantly.


4. Viparita Karani :-

This asana looks complicated, but it is, in fact, a restorative pose. 

It instills a sense of calmness throughout your mind and body.

All you need is a wall and a stretch. And off goes a headache!


5. Paschimottanasana:-

The Paschimottanasana is an amazing seated forward bend. 

It is one of the best yoga asanas for headache relief and also an natural pose that has a lots of benefits.

This asana calms the brain and relieves stress. 

Both these are major triggers when it comes to headaches. 

You must try it the next time you are suffering from a dreadful headache.


12 Foods Proven to Help Relieve Headaches:-

Salad

Coffee

Bananas

Spicy Foods

Bread

Potatoes

Yogurt

Almonds

Watermelon

Mushrooms

Cucumber

Spinach


   So these yoga asanas to do and food to eat while suffering from Headache.


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