The head is one of the most common locations for pain. There are many, many different types of headaches, or cephalgia. Some headaches come regularly, almost as if following a schedule. Others are more random. Some are sharp, and others throb. Some headaches are associated with mental/emotional stress or tension. Others will let the sufferer know they’re coming, through some sort of unusual sensation or nausea. Some headaches are so severe that they seem to demand that the world STOP – that the only solution is to lie in a dark silence, waiting until the agony passes. Headaches can be a sign of a very serious problem, and they can be a tremendous interruption to the living of a whole and healthy life.
Three of the more common types of headaches are the following:
• Cervicogenic: that’s a fancy word that describes a headache with its origin in the bones or soft tissues of the neck.
• Migraine: often extremely painful, this type of headache may be triggered by different smells, tastes, sounds, weather, light, and stress. In many cases, the person will have some sort of visual or auditory warning that the headache is coming on.
• Tension: headaches are one of many possible dangers of living a stressful life over a prolonged period of time. [Please refer to our past blogs on the negative effects of long-term stress on health, and what you can do about it.]
Often the first question we ask when a headache appears is, “How do I get rid of this!?” It’s natural to wonder how we can feel better. However, we have to remember to first ask why the pain is appearing in the first place, rather than simply hiding that pain with medication.
As with any other body signal, headaches are a message from you to you. The key is to listen to what that message is and learn the lessons, and then correct the cause of the problem. Otherwise any relief from the pain is going to be temporary, at best: a masking of the problem, and not true and lasting improvement.
Headaches often occur in people who spend a great deal of time in heavy concentration, mental-type activity. Those who sit at computers for long hours throughout the day are also often affected. Stress and worry is another major contributing factor. Many headaches are caused by subluxation: misalignments of the bones of the spine putting stress or pressure on the delicate nervous system. In subluxation-related headaches, the only effective long-term solution is to correct the subluxation.
The only known cure for subluxation is a series of chiropractic adjustments over time.
If anybody in your life is suffering from the debilitating effects of headaches, it’s important to see if we can help: bring them in for a check-up!