On Average, 42% of women and 36% of men will suffer from stress/tension headaches at some stage of their lives. This type of headache manifests as a high-pressure band constricting around the head. It is also associated with pressure at the back of the neck and head and on the temples. The headache is usually caused by emotional or physical stress.
1. With emotional stress, the body’s flight or fight response is triggered. This increases adrenaline
which, in turn, reduces endorphin levels that cause the contraction of muscles in the scalp and neck.
2. Physical stress is caused by poor posture and muscle tension.
Bowen Therapy is increasingly becoming an alternative healing therapy to fight stress and tension headaches. By calming the nervous system, Bowen Therapy effectively combats the body’s flight or fight mode. It assesses postural alignment affected by physical stress and helps to realign the body.
With Bowen Therapy, practitioners use their thumbs and fingers to create a wave-like rolling motion that sweeps across the soft tissue areas of the body. This form of pressure point healing relieves tension and reduces stress. It is particularly effective on taut muscles in the neck and shoulders and at the back of the head.
These tension headaches are associated with a sensation that a clamp has been tightened around the forehead. This is accompanied by a dull and throbbing headache. While some people will find relief with over-the-counter medication, chronic sufferers can avoid opioids and rid themselves of this unpleasant pain with Bowen Therapy.