Is it just a Headache?
Understanding what kind of headache you have
BY: DR CHARMAINE YOUNG 10th January 2018
Headaches are one of the most common medical conditions with almost half of the adult population suffering from at least one in any given year. The greatest challenge with treating a headache is to determine the cause of it. Headaches can originate from the neck or back, and cause many different types of symptoms. They can be caused by problems in the muscles or nerves in the neck and are classified as tension, cluster or migraine headaches. Let us take a closer look at the different types:
1) Tension Headaches:
2) Cluster Headaches:
Headaches are very complex, because sometimes they occur concurrently with one another. Usually a migraine headache is combined with a cluster type headache and renders you completely immobile and can compromise your quality of life. The pain not only renders you unproductive, but it makes you feel exhausted. Without proper rest, you are not able to focus, concentrate and can’t carry out your day to day activities.
Conventionally, headaches are treated with the use of pain medication. The risk is that you can start to develop dependency on the medication and chronic use may have serious side effects on your liver and kidneys. Also, when you over use pain medication, you are risking developing rebound headaches.
Research shows that there are also a number of triggers for headaches. These include MSG, excessive caffeine, alcohol, aspartame (artificial sweetener) and cheese and chocolates. When your headaches are very severe, it is best to remain hydrated by drinking lots of water, avoiding any triggers causing your headaches and try to exercise at least 20 – 30 minutes per day. This will help promote the flow of oxygen through your body, helping the body and mind relax.
There are other alternative approaches to treating headaches. Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Homeopathy are all known to lower the incidence and intensity of the headaches. Chiropractic focuses on treating the cause of the headache, by removing any irritation caused by the nerves when the joints of your spine don't move properly. To understand how Chiropractic works, you can click on the link below to find out more.