What to Know About Headaches
To get rid of headaches, you got to know and understand them.
First of all, they’re not normal. And as common as they may be, there’s a big difference between common and normal.
So much so that unfortunately, before people make it into my office, they usually suffer from headaches, usually around one to two times per week.
Headaches are a symptom of an underlying problem — for example, a lack of sleep or too much tension up in the neck and chronic postural issues, or low blood sugar.
if you have some kind of sinus issue that’s causing your headaches to be worse, then we need to address the root cause and not just treat the symptoms with medication. That way it’ll take care of itself as well as give you headache relief in less time than usual.
Above the Neck
But what if it’s something else?
Headache pain can also be caused by tension or stress from work or school, lack of sleep for a few days because there was too much going on at once, poor posture while sitting all day long (especially when using phones or laptops), dehydration due to working out without drinking enough water beforehand or after exercise – this list could go on forever!
But what we’ve discovered through the research is that almost 90% of people suffering from headaches actually have a problem in the upper neck, into the brain stem, and they don’t even know it.
For some of these people, the problem is caused by a herniated disc in their neck pressing against nerves that control muscles near the head and eyes. For others, it’s because they’re clenching or grinding their teeth at night when they sleep due to stress or tension during the day (called “bruxism”). For yet other headache sufferers, it may be related to a condition called ‘migraine’ where one attack is usually preceded by a sparkly light show around objects as well as numbness on one side of the body.
Knowing all of this, it’s our job to help our patients by finding the root of their headaches and giving them the steps they need to take to improve their situation.