A lot of us are cautious about taking industrial drugs to treat our health issues and headache is one of the most common of such issues. Headaches and migraine can come from tension or some kind of stress whether it is physical, mental or emotional. Before resorting to drugs, Medicine Direct offers some techniques one can use to manage stress. Even when we are able to control this headache, finding a long-term solution to it might still be way off the mark. There is an immediate need for relief, especially as we are wary of taking drugs. We can always decide to utilize some bodily techniques to deal with this problem.

It Is Just In Our Head: When we are having a headache, the whole of our body seems as if it is gone and all we have is that pain dragging us. Physiologically, our feeling is without question correct. The blood vessels in our brain are widening, permitting extra blood and further neurological pain communications to travel to our cortex.

The pain is a response - a communication from our brain (the central control) informing us of the need to be attentive to ourselves and re-balance. A headache is like an alarm alerting us in the moment of stress and telling us to relax or stop.

Does Our Breathing Help or Hurt Us?


One way to look at is since our headache is our body communicating to us; it would make sense for us to respond back to our body, countering our headache. Let’s go to the important basic which is how we breathe. Breathing is a fundamental aspect of life and should not be taken for granted. The ways which we breathe tend to affect our wellness. For example, we can have a headache just by holding back from expressing strong emotions.

Sometimes it is because it might not be wise for us to voice out all the stuff we have on our mind. However, by holding it back, even if for good reasons, we are tensed and torn between what we have in mind to do and what we feel should be done. As we cease the tongue from speaking, we invariably cease our breath too. Because we have withheld our strong feelings as we face it, we have not breathed properly and as a result, we can have a headache.


Most of us don’t even notice this as we do it.

A lot of people, in particular women, often breathe in ways that end up causing tension in their shoulders and neck. We can tell if we are breathing correctly by sitting or standing and then placing our hand on our belly and taking a deep breath. If our shoulders and chest are rising as we breathe, we are ‘chest breathing’ which will only cause tensions in our shoulders and neck for each breath we take. For a proper breathing, it is our stomach that should move and not our shoulders. With our hands placed on our belly, our hand should move outwards and away from our ribcage.

Our diaphragm should expand and contract.

At the lung bottom, a muscle sheet seated like a parachute enables the whole lung to fill. As each breath is taken like that, more oxygen flows in the bloodstream requiring little work of your musculature. All our breathing should be from the diaphragm. We need to learn how to use proper breathing to counter our headache.




Start Learning Diaphragmatic Breathing

Try to set aside some time, maybe about 20 minutes or more if you can. When you don’t have sufficient time use an alarm so that you have to give it a second thought. Find a quiet place to sit or if possible, lie on the floor or on the bed in a star-shape.

Avoid lying on a cold floor or where you will get a chill; keep something to cover yourself with. On your stomach, place your hand just where both sides of your ribcage are separated. With your shoulders and neck relaxed, take a deep breath, as if directed to the hand and then casually push your hand outward without any strain. If your stomach has been stretched to the maximum point, hold your breath and count up to five.

Then you can fully breathe out and gently pull the stomach back so that your hand will come back to the beginning point. Repeat this practice for about fifteen minutes or more. So if you find yourself being tensed in the shoulders or neck, prompt that part of you to be free. As you take that breath on the floor, bed or chair, remind yourself that you are held up and submit yourself to each breath allowing your body to take charge. So as long as you fully breathe and expel, you will be relaxed.

That is a physiological fact.

Even when you are short of time, quickly doing twenty breaths in sequence will impact your headache. Should you lose count, you can start all over till you get to do twenty at once.



The point here is not to say that drugs are of no use. Aspirin, for instance, has done a great deal of good all over the world. However, whenever we experience a headache, it is probably our body telling us that there is something we are not doing right that requires sorting out. If we only chase our headache without figuring out its root cause, it is likely to return to hurt us even more. Healthier breathing is the foundation for improved tension management and it will be a giant step toward minimizing all kind of headaches.