How to Relieve Scalp Tension & Tenderness

By Sabrina Ashley

There may be many reasons for scalp tension and tenderness. Scalp tension can lead to headaches and a painful scalp. In most cases, stress causes scalp tension. But migraines can also cause scalp tenderness. Another culprit is hairstyles that are too tight. Whatever the cause of the scalp tension and tenderness, there are a few methods that have proven helpful in relieving these scalp problems. Utilizing these methods on a regular basis is the best course of treatment. If these methods don't work for you in a week or so, make an appointment to see your doctor to discover the cause of the scalp tension and tenderness.


Step 1

Have a scalp massage. Place hands on the head and spread out the fingers. Gently move the balls of the fingers in circular motions to get the scalp moving. Do this for 2 to 3 minutes every time you feel stressed or the scalp feels tense. Another option is to have a professional scalp massage.

Step 2

Do breathing exercises. Deep breathing helps to relax the body and relieve stress. Taking a deep breath, holding it for a few seconds then exhaling for a few seconds is a simple breathing exercise. Do the exercise several times in a row for maximum benefits.

Step 3

Place ice packs on the head for scalp pain. Buy an ice pack or place ice cubes in a small towel then apply to the tender parts of the scalp. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. The ice helps to dull the pain.

Step 4

Wear your hair loose. Avoid tight braiding of the hair or tight ponytails. Avoid wearing tight buns or other similar hairstyles that create tension for the scalp.