Anyone that has had a headache in the past understands how debilitating and painful they can be. Headaches make it hard to concentrate, work, sleep and, especially, enjoy yourself. Practically everyone has had a headache at least once. This does not mean headaches are “normal.” They should not be accepted as part of your daily life. In the United States more than 157,000,000 workdays are lost each year due to headaches. Sixty percent of people who have headaches have one or more severe headache attacks each month. Astonishingly, about 26,000,000 Americans have some sort of headaches on a regular basis!
There are two main types of headaches. One is called a migraine, the other is called a tension stress headache. The symptoms of these headaches can be somewhat similar, but the causes can be very different. It’s important to find out and understand what type of headache you have in order to properly treat it.
A migraine is more than a bad headache. This type of headache is usually a recurrent, throbbing sensation felt on one or both sides of the head. Usually beginning in early childhood, adolescence and young adult life, migraine pain is often excruciating, and may incapacitate you for hours or even days. Warning signs may include: flashes of light, dizziness or numbness. The signs are often accompanied by vomiting, nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
These painful headaches are caused by the rapid widening and narrowing of blood vessel walls in the brain and head. This causes the nerves and pain fibers in the blood vessel wall to become irritated. Blood vessels in the scalp can be involved. Some of causes of migraine headaches are food allergies, stress, and environmental allergies.
Tension Stress Headaches. The cause of a tension stress headache is usually from a pinched nerve. When the bones in the neck and back get out of alignment, it can cause nerves to be pinched. The pain can be throbbing, or can feel like pressure in or on the head. The pinched nerves become aggravated and send signals of pain to the brain. Misalignment of the neck and back can be caused by car accidents, falls, bad posture, hard physical labor, and many other physical strains.
What would my medical doctor do to prevent headaches? Well first of all it depends on which types of triggers that the doctor believes is causing the headaches. Normally, a general practitioner will recommend over the counter anti-inflammatories such as advil, ibuprofen, or tylenol. For allergy type headaches, claritin, alavert or sudafed can sometimes be recommended. If the patient has little or no success with these methods, the next step is higher doses of these drugs, which requires a prescription. If the headaches still persist, than a pain killer like percoset or vicodan can be recommended and prescribed.
Is there a better way? How would Dr. Lynch treat patients who suffer with headaches. There is a better way! Pain killers cover up the problem. Pain killers do not get to the cause of the headache. At Lynch Chiropractic Health Center we have ways available for you to help you rid all types of headaches. Re-establishing the structural integrity of the spine to remove any pinched nerves will quickly help alleviate tension stress headaches. Massage therapy helps relax the muscles of the neck and head, the same muscles that may be triggering your headaches. We have helped many people say goodbye to their headaches. For migraines or allergy type headaches, Dr. Keith Lynch has made available to you a simple and non-invasive procedure to prevent the body from reacting negatively to the foreign substances (allergies) which can trigger headaches. At Lynch Chiropractic Health Center we help you identify triggers that cause you to have headaches in the first place. After all, you can’t avoid your problem foods or allergens if you don’t know what they are! If you or someone you are concerned about experiences or suffers with headaches, call Lynch Chiropractic Health Center at 434.245.8456 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Keith Lynch. There is no charge for the initial consultation. This could be the first step in eliminating your headaches for good, naturally and with no bad health side effects.
What can I do at home to help alleviate headache pain?
Unfortunately, there is not much that you can do on your own to avoid having headaches. There are temporary solutions like advil and sudafed, but these are not something that you want becoming a part of your everyday life. They can be very harmful to your kidneys, liver, and other body parts. For tension stress headaches, you can try to correct your posture while sitting by putting a foot stool under your feet. Lifting your feet like this will cause a tilt on the pelvis to help your body create the proper curve in your low back. Do not sleep on your stomach! The best position to sleep is face up with ONE pillow under your head and a bolster or pillow under the knees. If you choose to sleep on your side, place a pillow between your knees to prevent the spine from torquing to the side.