What Can We Really Do About Headaches?


Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Are you sick and tired of taking meds that only give you temporary relief? If so, read on to discover what you can do to get control of your headaches for good. 

What a pain in the neck! Literally, 90% of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the head and neck regions. Headaches can be so debilitating that you feel like you are dying. I have experienced this myself. I have also experienced the relief (and then regret of thinking I was dying) when the headache finally went away. 

When I discovered that my occipitofrontalis was just tight and causing pain in my neck and side of my head, I was relieved and a little embarrassed that I really thought I had a tumor and was a goner. This is a real concern for some folks, but why do we automatically think of the worst possible cause rather than the most likely cause? 


 We may never really be able to answer that question, but here are some factors to consider when trying to get control of your headaches.. The most common reason for headaches is muscle tension. Besides muscle tension, headaches may be caused by dehydration, low blood sugar, allergic reaction, overheating or other stressor. 


 Any job that you have solicits the opportunity for a repetitive use injury, so this may also be a factor to consider. How do you use your body while working? Do you sit or stand? Do you strain your eyes to look at a computer? Do you repeatedly do the same motion over and over again? 

Four of the most common muscles that trigger headaches are the Sternocleidomastoid (sides of neck), Scalenes (front, back and sides of neck), Occipitofrontalis (from forehead to back of the head), and Trapezius (back of neck, top of shoulders down to mid back).



 

Tension arises in these muscles for many reasons including:

  • Shrugging your shoulders up in a tensed position
  • Experiencing whiplash-like movements while braking
  • Improper posture; walking with chin lifted rather than down
  • Performing more tasks with arms out in front rather than in back, which causes an imbalance in the eccentric and concentric balance

    You can combat the pain and reverse these headache inducing habits by the following:
  • Receive regular massages- at least once per month. Some folks come in once a week to treat headaches.
  • Identifying if you have one of the other common reasons for headaches, such as an allergy test
  • Drink at least half of your body weight in water per ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should consume at least 90 ounces of water per day.
  • Eat balanced meals (contains all tree macronutrients of fat, carbohydrates and protein plus vitamins) 3-4 times a day
  • Eliminate stress and learn how to manage stress more effectively
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