Symptom of the Month: HEADACHES

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

Headaches are a reality that affect 9 out of 10 Americans, and a comprehensive U.S. Study reported that 10 million Americans suffer from moderate to severe disability from various forms of headaches. There are many contributing factors of headaches, but headaches are in no way normal.

MIGRAINES: Migraines affect about 10% of the population most being women. Theadache (1)hese headaches are caused by inflammation of arteries and blood vessels that surround the brain, squeezing until the brain hurts. Headaches of this type can be very debilitating, causing pain that lasts anywhere from a couple hours to several days. Migraines can also cause different autonomic responses, such as: Auras, nausea/ vomiting, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.

SINUS: Your sinuses are air-filled cavities in the skull, if they are unable to drain properly they become inflamed. When your sinuses become inflamed this causes painful pressure in your head and symptoms of sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, runny nose, etcetera.

TENSION: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and come from inflamed soft tissue in the head and neck. These headaches can vary in intensity, anywhere from migraine like to mildly irritating.

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HOW TO DEAL: Many people pop an Ibuprofen and call it a day, or lie down with a cold compress. For those with the more intense headaches these methods are not strong enough and they seek more invasive therapies like cortizone injections, muscle relaxers, and tranquilizers. Though contrary to popular opinion, headaches are not a result of an Aspirin shortage. There is a better way to fight headaches.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP:normal-posture-resized

Research has proven that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment for tension headaches and the like. “A report released in 2001

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Notes from the Massage Therapist: Massage therapy and Chiropractic work well together and can help a person get the most out of their care. Massage can helNeck_massagep most headaches by relaxing the neck, shoulders, upper back and even face muscles. Tension headaches are some of the easiest headaches for a massage therapist to address. Sinus headaches can help be relieved with facial massage opening those sinus cavities and therefore allowing them to drain. I can also show you a few techniques and stretches that you can do for self-care. References: http://www.sauganashwellness.com/headache.html 2006 Back Talk Systems – Headaches and the Chiropractic Lifestyle http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=2186

10 Types of Headaches and How to Combat Them

by Tom Scheve

http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/headache/10-types-of-headaches.htm

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