Monday, July 17, 2017

Yes, a tight ponytail can give you a headache

The same for a tight bathing cap or an aggressive braid (think rows or dreads).

There is a real type of headache called "ponytail headache syndrome."

Allodynia is docspeak for an uncomfortable sensation interpreted by the brain as pain.

People who have this can get a tap on the arm and jump in pain. Allodynia, by the way, is associated with fibromyalgia.

In the case of tight hairstyles, the scalp is overly sensitive.

Hair itself has no nerves, but the place it grows out of does.

A ponytail pulls back on those hair follicles--which scream in pain.

Some aspects:

--Not everyone has this. Migraines and tension headaches can make you prone. It can come out more when you are menstruating.

--Stress and lack of sleep can make it worse.

--If you must have a tight style--say for a special event--take some ibuprofen ahead of time.

It your ponytail begins to plague you..--let your hair down. But you would have thought of that, right?

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