Headaches can come from a wide variety of origins, such as drug reactions, TMJ, muscle tension in the neck, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue.

There are two main types of reoccurring headaches: tension and migraine. A third group, related to migraines, is called cluster headaches.

Tension headaches are usually the result of stress or bad posture. Bad posture can stress the spine and muscles in the upper back and neck. The RCPM (rectitus capitis posterior minor) muscle at the top of the cervical vertebrae can lose its normal motion or position and go into spasm.

This small muscle is attached to a tendon, which is situated between the upper neck and base of the skull and connects to a thin, pain-sensitive tissue covering the brain, called the dura mater.

It seems strange but the brain has no feeling, but the dura mater is very sensitive to pain. The result of the RCPM's muscle tendon attachment going into spasm pulls on the dura mater and causes a tension headache.

The second major group, migraines are caused by a constraint and following dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. With this action comes a rapid increase in blood pressure inside the brain. This leads to the pounding migraine headache.

It is not known what causes this constraint and dilation, but there are things which can trigger migraines such as sleep deprivation, stress, flickering lights, pungent odors, barometric changes in the atmosphere and food high in the amino acid, tyamine.

Lifestyle changes can reduce the likelihood of migraines.

Cluster headaches are usually on one side of the brain, short-lived and extremely painful .. Similar to migraines, they are thought to be related to the constriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain.

Headaches

Headaches can come from a wide variety of origins, such as drug reactions, TMJ, muscle tension in the neck, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue.

There are two main types of reoccurring headaches: tension and migraine. A third group, related to migraines, is called cluster headaches.

Tension headaches are usually the result of stress or bad posture. Bad posture can stress the spine and muscles in the upper back and neck. The RCPM (rectitus capitis posterior minor) muscle at the top of the cervical vertebrae can lose its normal motion or position and go into spasm.

This small muscle is attached to a tendon, which is situated between the upper neck and base of the skull and connects to a thin, pain-sensitive tissue covering the brain, called the dura mater.

It seems strange but the brain has no feeling, but the dura mater is very sensitive to pain. The result of the RCPM's muscle tendon attachment going into spasm pulls on the dura mater and causes a tension headache.

The second major group, migraines are caused by a constraint and following dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. With this action comes a rapid increase in blood pressure inside the brain. This leads to the pounding migraine headache.

It is not known what causes this constraint and dilation, but there are things which can trigger migraines such as sleep deprivation, stress, flickering lights, pungent odors, barometric changes in the atmosphere and food high in the amino acid, tyamine.

Lifestyle changes can reduce the likelihood of migraines.

Cluster headaches are usually on one side of the brain, short-lived and extremely painful .. Similar to migraines, they are thought to be related to the constriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain.