I have a headache!

Published by : | April 4 2013

Are you prone to recurrent and frequent headaches that partially or totally invalidate you, that can range from a few hours to a few days? According to Statistics Canada, women are three times more affected than men. The hormonal fluctuation would be the first explanation.

MIGRAINE, TENSION HEADACHES AND MORE

You should know that the term headache includes several types of problems.

Migraine is a form of recurring headaches accompanied, in some individuals, by visual and/or digestive troubles as well as a sensitivity to light and/or sound. Even today, science finds it difficult to establish the precise cause of migraines. We know that stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, oral contraceptives and food are triggers.

Tension headache is more common, it is explained by muscle tension in the jaw, face, neck or shoulders. This type of headache often occurs at the end of the day, it causes pain on both sides of the head and may be accompanied by a decrease in neck movements.

In other cases, it happens that the headaches are caused by temporo-mandibular disorder (jaw), sinus congestion or articular disorders of the neck, for example after a car accident involving a  whiplash, etc. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough physical examination to identify the exact origin of your headaches.

VERTEBRAL ADJUSTMENT

Tensions caused by headache may be due to a bad movement or improper positioning of cervical vertebras. We then speak of vertebral subluxation. The subluxation causes nerve irritation that causes spasms of the neck, causing the headache. To remedy this, the chiropractic adjustment can help you stimulate your nervous system by increasing the mobility of the cervical vertebrae, resulting in relaxation of cervical muscles.

TIPS

Physical activity

Be simply active and move at your own pace, starting with fifteen minutes per day. Exercise increases the level of endorphins in the body, its secretion promotes relaxation and stress resistance.

Lifestyle

Everyday life choices greatly influence your physical state, and therefore the recurrence of headaches. Opt for a healthy diet, reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol, care about the quality of your sleep and give yourself a break.

Relax muscles

Muscle tension is directly related to the onset of headaches. For relief, apply heat, massage the shoulders, neck and head or take a hot bath.

Posture control

Proper posture protects your body of vertebral subluxations and muscle tension which are risk factors. Especially care about the ergonomics of your work environment. If you talk on the phone regularly, seriously opt for wireless headphones.

Stress Management

Managing your stress gives a serious boost to your health. Breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, cooking, reading or listening to music are all ways to clear the mind and to evacuate a persistent headache.

Headache Diary

Keep a diary in which you note as precisely as possible the circumstances of your pain. It is quite possible that you may identify one or more triggers.

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