Tension Headaches

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    May 03, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    So for whatever reason, it seems that when I have a back day at the gym, or when I go kayaking for a few hours, or really do anything that makes my back sore, I get miserable tension headaches. I find getting a massage helps a *ton*, but that's a somewhat limited solution unless I plan on putting a masseuse on permanent staff. Someone suggested putting Tiger Balm on the back of my neck and on my temples. Any other suggestions for fixing exercise-related headaches, and does anyone else get these or am I in the minority?
  • camfer

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    May 03, 2010 5:03 AM GMT
    Have you tried a vibrating personal massager on your neck and shoulders? If the pain is emanating from lower, you can roll it out on a 6" foam roller.
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    May 03, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    Often, these sorts of things are caused by imbalances, or bad form. You need to track down what's causing it, and fix that.
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    May 03, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    I agree with Chucky on this one. Most tension headaches start in the neck and upper back. I would get with a trainer and have him or her watch you while you are exercising your back. Tiger balm is good and Excedrin Tension Headache medicine might work too. I used to get them when I would sit at my desk all day and then I would start slouching, My neck would hurt and then BAM! tension headache!

    Of course you could just find a hot guy on Craigslist or gay.com and have him come over and massage you every day. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 03, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    I get those too... tension headaches that go from my back to neck. Make sure you are stretching to warm up before your workouts.

    For me as long as I take time to do that then I don't get the headaches.
  • me35mtl

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    May 03, 2010 5:54 AM GMT
    i agree with the stretching..you have to really take the time to do it.
    Also you should be asking your trainer about a different program.
    Most of all , be careful with going overboard with the massages..i heard it isnt good to get too many..
    But when i hurt my back and neck, i used alot of Tiger Balm..it did work but i found doing alot of stretching helped too.
    Also a warm compress helps too
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    May 03, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    See a chiropractoricon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2010 9:34 AM GMT
    yeah there are quite a few RCTs out now that show the efficacy of thoracic spine adjustments with neck pain, and obviously the neck has a massive role in headaches

    ive found with a large amount of patients that have a thoracic spine issues (stiffness etc) that they end up with shoulder issues (as they compensate thru that area) leading on to excess movement in the neck followed by headaches

    see a chiropractor
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    May 03, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    A chiro won't be able to correct the underlying problem and may induce laxity in the effected area. While manipulation has a place, it's not the cure.
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    May 03, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    See my profile. I had a really bad headache for over a year. The only time I didn't have a headache was when I slept. After spending thousands of dollars, I was diagnosed with myofascial pain disorder (a form of fibromyalgia).

    I take a low dose of a tricyclic antidepressant to help with the pain and work with a physical therapist. I now do different stretching and strengthening exercises each day, which help a lot. I think I'm about ready to stop going to physical therapy but I like it so much it's hard to stop! I'm down to once a week now.

    You should start with your doctor and get referrals to good specialists so you can rule out anything serious. I went to a neck and spine specialist and a neurologist.

    Good luck!