What causes Headaches
and What can we do to Relieve them
Many headaches are caused by stress which is a psychological overload. This type of pain is an alarm that signals your body that you are in distress.
Common forms of this pain are termed - tension, cluster and migraine. These head pains are caused by stress, depression, head injury, eye strain, low blood sugar, anxiety, and sinusitis among others.
Tension head pain is a condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. If the pain occurs 2 or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic.
- Dull, pressure-like
- Generalized (all over, not just in one point or one side), worse in the scalp, temples or back of the neck
- Feels like a tight band or vise on the head
- Occurs as an isolated incident, or occurs constantly
- Worsened or triggered by stress, fatigue, noise, glare
Another common cause of head pain is tense muscles in the neck or head. Cervical head pain originates from disorders of the neck
. This head pain is often precipitated by neck movement and/or sustained awkward head positioning.
What Is the Treatment for Headaches?
The simplest of ways, if you are in a situation which allows you to do so, is to take a pain reliever such as extra strength Tylenol, lay down in a quiet setting, and place a cool ice pack over your eyes and forehead.
Treatment is cause-related. Doctors of chiropractic often treat patients with tension type head pain and head pain caused by problems with the joints and muscles in the neck, as well.
Joint manipulation and mobilization of the neck, along with stretching and strengthening exercises
, have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of this type of head pain.
Massage and other forms of soft-tissue treatment can sometimes be helpful.
UK researchers said patients who were given acupuncture had fewer days of head pain than those who were not.
Scientists continue to investigate other therapies, such as acupuncture, to prevent and treat this disorder.
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