The Easy Way to Control Your Migraines

You're preparing for an important presentation at work, when suddenly your vision becomes blurry. You are overwhelmed by waves of nausea. Every beam of light is a bullet in your eye, and your head feels about ready to split open.

If you've ever had a migraine headache, you understand the horror of the symptoms described above.

Are you letting migraines change the way you live?

Migraines can sneak up on you at the worst of times, and knock you out for the rest of the day.

Research is constantly searching for an effective treatment to migraines – so far one has not been found.

Although some doctors are hopeful that a solution to migraines may be found within the next 5 years, what can you do about your extreme pain NOW?

It's time to resist root causes of your migraines.

It's important to understand how a migraine works, and what you can do to prevent the sunset of these draining headaches.

What causes a migraine?

When we are introduced to especially stressful stimuli, areas of our brain are stimulated. In some cases, the stress may lead to overstatement of certain areas, causing the blood vessels to grow dangerously.

Some of us are more prone to a hyperexcitable brain than others. If you are part of the 20% of Canadians who live with regular migraines, it's important that you understand what's going on inside your head.

Technically speaking, a migraine is the enlargement of the blood vessels in the brain. This stimulates the nerves surrounding the arteries, causing extreme pain. In addition, the stimulation of these nerves causes the release of chemicals. These chemicals increase the enlargement even further, creating a vicious cycle.

Once a migraine is activated, the symptoms are likely to build on themselves, furthering the danger.

Directly related to the presence of stress, a migraine is the body's attempt to shut down in order to avoid danger.

Unfortunately, many migraines can not be easily treated with simple medication.

Why is a migraine difficult to treat?

When a migraine is triggered by stress, the sympathetic nervous system of the body is activated. This is the body's attempt at shutting stress out – trying to turn off the senses and block the stressful stimuli.

Unfortunately this response of defense results in the most notable symptoms of a migraine. In addition, the sympathetic nervous system closes the passage between the stomach and the intestines.

Oral medication needs to reach the intestines in order to be fully absorbed. Any medication ingested after the onset of a migraine is inadvertently to make it to the intestines – rendering it near useless in the stomach.
So What CAN You Do About a Migraine?

Since an appropriately effective migraine medication has yet to be developed, preventative behavior may be the smartest choice.

What do you need to prevent in order to avoid a migraine?

Stress.

Stress activates the “fight or flight” response on the body, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The ability to stay level-headed in a stressful situation may be your best attack against a migraine.

What can increase levels of stress? Some contributors include: the lack of sleep associated with insomnia, an unhealthy diet, vitamin deficiency, or a weakened immune system.

Want to avoid debilitating migraines? Start by avoiding stress.
Do not let the effects of stress control your life.

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A Natural Way to Prevent Headaches

Headaches have become so commonplace in our society that often people forget that the aching sensation in your head or behind your eyes is not normal. Just because headaches are common does not mean that anyone should be experiencing them, or that when one strikes that should be disregarded. Often headaches can be a symptom of something more serious, but even if it is not, there is no reason to walk around in pain when there are natural ways to prevent a headache from occurring.

One of the most common reasons headaches occurs is actually a pretty easy fix: dehydration. People often do not drink enough water, but even when they do, many times it has been filtrated in a way that prevails them from getting vital minerals that aid in the hydration process. There are sports drinks that claim to help with this, like Gatorade or PowerAde, but those often come with added sugar or artificial ingredients that do more harm than good. However, the principle of electrolytes in your water should not be ignored, and there is a certain way that you should do this that is cheaper and much healthier than any drink on the market, which is to simply add salt to the water that you drink daily.

Now, I wish that I could tell you that you can use any salt you find, but again, the processed “table salt” that most people use daily is actually detrimental to your health, and will not allow for optimum hydration. Luckily though, there are salts that are easy to find and reliably cheap that will not only help you stay hydrated, but will help you absorb other minerals and vitamins better, as well as help those pesky heads stay away. The salt that I recommend is either Celtic Sea Salt or Redman's “real salt,” both of which can be found at local health stores. The rule of thumb is to dissolve one tablespoon of either of these salts into two quarts of water, and the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces, is the number of half your weight in pounds. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then divide that by two and then you should drink that many ounces, or in this case 75 ounces of water daily.

If you follow these two steps, the right salt mixed with the proper amount of water, then not only will you by properly hydrated, but you will also have less frequent headaches, increased energy levels, and increased focus. So stop depriving your body of minerals it needs, and start feeling better today!

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Do You Get Headaches or Is It Migraines?

Did you know that migraine is a physical illness and there can be a variety of causes making it hard to treat? However it affects many of us and given time and effort it is controllable. There are many effects ranging from headache, nausea, vomiting, vision problems, and sensitivity to light and sound. There is not one exact cause as with most illnesses so it becomes a complex condition and even drugs offer no long term remedy which is why many sufferers are looking for more natural alternative solutions.

Migraines divide into two main categories. Classic migraines are usually preceded by a visual disturbance such as flashing lights, funny patterns before the eyes or blurring of vision. This type is usually the cause in sixty-five per cent of sufferers and comes with little warning. The pain develops slowly into a throbbing ache, which gets worse with movement or noise. Both types can also have symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

Migraines can be the result of changes in the neurotransmitters and blood vessels in the brain. What causes these changes is unknown. Triggers can include stress, foods such as cheese, alcohol, chocolate, lack of food or irregular meals (this also causes a drop in blood sugar), over tiredness and hormonal changes such as menstruation. Menstrual migraines usually affect ten per cent of women and usually relate to a drop in estrogen at that time.

The first step in getting rid of consistent headaches is to identify some kind of cause. The most common headaches tend to fall into certain categories outlined below. Decide which most closely matches yours from the list below before you explore treatments. It may also be useful to keep a diary to identify what triggers your headaches. It could be anything from feeling low, the weather, your menstrual cycle, what you eat and when and how you sleep. Look for food triggers and make a list of all the foods you eat in the 48 hours before an attack to see if any regularly recur.

* Cluster Headaches – These strike with little warning, often waking up sufferers at night. The pain usually affects just one side of the face and centers on the eye area. It lasts for between 15 minutes to three hours and can return up to 10 times a day for six to 10 weeks at a time (not nice) during a cluster period. It will then disappear for months or even years. No one is really sure of the cause but it is thought that some sort of irritation to the domestic nerves may be to blame. Cluster headaches are more common in men, especially if they smoke or drink.

* Tension Headache – This is very common and is a dull, steady pain on both sides of the head. It can feel like a tight band or heavy weight is pressing on the head. It is usually a direct result of stress, which causes the muscles of the neck and scalp tense up. It can also be caused by bad posture, sitting in draft, bright lights, too much noise or working for long periods sitting in an awkward position.

* Chronic daily headache – These occur on more than 15 days each month. They can be due to a neck or head injury such as whiplash or overuse of painkillers. Yes, you read it right! People who take painkillers on a daily basis develop a vicious cycle and as these wear off there is a rebound head so the person takes more painkillers and these fuel the headache in a vicious cycle.

It is important if you are suffering persistent pain of any sort to GET IT CHECKED either by your doctor or natural practitioner. This is not something to sweep under the carpet especially in this age of consistent use of mobile phones and exposure to other types of radiation.

The herb Tanacetum parthenium (Feverfew) has proved very successful with many people for migraines. It is available at your health food store and should be taken for a period of no less than three months. If you are keen you can grow your own plants but I warn you they taste bitter – real medicine taste unfortunately.

A study using a supplement containing the herbs Feverfew and Salix Alba (white willow) was found to reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine attacks. Clients with migraine were given a supplement (Mig-RL) containing extracts of feverfew and white willow twice a day for 12 weeks.

Results shown that seventy per cent of patients experienced a fifty per cent reduction in migraines (some even higher) compared to the frequency of attacks experienced during a 6 week baseline period. 57.2% of clients experienced reduced attacks halfway through the study (6 weeks), and a 61.7% reduction at 12 weeks. The actual length of the attacks also decreed. In all patients involved in the study, the duration of attacks reduced by 67.2% at 6 weeks, and 76.2% at 12 weeks.

It was also noted that the combination of feverfew and white willow was associated with improvements generally regarding their health, energy, memory and anxiety.

There are many natural therapies for headaches including chiropractic, cranial osteopathy, homeopathy, reflexology, rolfing, acupressure, herbal remedies, massage, aromatherapy, modification of diet, head balancing and jaw realignment. Head balancing can also be used for snoring, dizziness, grinding of teeth, ringing in the ears and neck and shoulder tension. Consult a practitioner experienced in diagnosis to determine which would be best for you.

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Headache Pain: Natural Ways To Get Rid Of A Headache – Tip Number One

Many of us are wary about taking industrialized formulated answers to our medical problems, and headache is one of the areas where our wariness is probably wise. Tension headaches and migraine are often the result of some kind of stress – mental / emotional and / or physical – so techniques that change how we handle stress are the real answer, not just taking synthesized chemicals to mask the pain.

When we're in the grip of a head or migraine, however, long-term answers might as well be on the other side of the moon. We need immediate relief, and if we do not want to take drugs or do not want to take many drugs, we have the option of using bodily techniques to address the problem.

It's all in your head

During a headache, it's as if the rest of our body – the rest of our life! – completely disappoints. Our attention is swamped by the pain, whether it's focused like an ice-pick through the eye, in the challenges, like a cap across the top, or around the back of the head.

Physiologically, our experience is absolutely accurate: the blood-vessels in the brain are dilating, allowing more blood – and more neurological pain messages – to reach the cortex. The pain is feedback – a message from central control (the brain) telling us we need to pay attention to our whole self, to re-balance. A headache is a kind of emergency response to whatever stress we've been under, like a sign saying “stop !!”

Looking at this way, we see that a headache is a bodily response – so it makes sense to use “body work” to counter it. Let's start with the most fundamental: how we breathe.

Is your breathing helping or hurting you?

Nothing is more fundamental to life than breathing. It's something we generally take for granted, that most of us never think about. Yet how we breathe crucibly affects our well-being.

Here's an example. Headaches often occurs when we hold back from expressing strong feelings. This is not necessarily a bad thing – there are countless situations where it's wise not to say everything on our mind. But holding back, even with good intentions, creates tension between what we want to do and what we feel we must.

When we hold our tongue, many of us actually hold our breath too. But without correct breathing, we can not dispel emotional tension as we encounter it – and headache is one common result. Few of us who do this notice when we're doing it; and in addition, many people, women in particular, habitually breathe in ways that create physical tension in their neck and shoulders.

Are you breathing correctly?

Here's how to tell.

Standing or sitting, place your hand on your stomach. Take a deep breath.

Do your shoulders and chest rise as you breathe in? Or does the hand move outwards, away from the ribcage? If your hand does not move, or does not move much, you are “chest breathing,” and your neck and shoulders will be tensing up with every breath you take.

Correct, natural breathing requires the stomach, not the shoulders, to move. Expanding and contracting the diaphragm – a sheet of muscle that sets like a parachute at the bottom of the lungs – allows the whole lung to fill, not just the top portion. Every breath taken like this brings more oxygen into your bloodstream and requires less effort of your musculature – even if it feels very strange at first.

Believe it or not, we should all be breathing from the diaphragm all the time. We learn to breath incorrectly for a huge number of cultural reasons beyond the scope of this article – but what's important here is that you start using your breathing to help you when headaches strikes.

Crisis Tip # 1: Diaphragmatic breathing

Set aside as much time as you can: twenty minutes or more if possible. (If you are restricted for time, set an alarm so you do not have to think about it.)

Sit quietly or, even better, lie in a star-shape on the bed or the floor. Do not lie where you will get a chill – if it's cold, have something over you loosely or keep it nearby.

Place one hand on your stomach just at the place where the two sides of your ribcage separate. Keeping your neck and shoulders relaxed, breathe in deeply, as if into the hand, and lightly push the hand out as far as you can without training. When the stomach is at its most expanded point, hold the breath for a count of five.

Breathe out fully, pulling the stomach back gently, so the hand returns to the starting point.

Repeat for about fifteen or more minutes. Every time you notice yourself tensing in the shoulders, neck, or elsewhere, remember that part of you to let go. Tell yourself as you breathe out that the floor / bed / chair will hold you up, and surrender yourself, with every out breath, to letting it do so.

It is a physiological fact that you WILL relax if you breathe fully and expel the breath fully. Repeat this for ten minutes or more. If really pressed for time, as few as twenty breaths in sequence can have an impact on your headache – but if you lose count you should start over until you can do twenty in a row.

Last words

I have no argument with taking drugs as and when we need them, and aspirin, for example, has done great good across the world. Yet pain like headache pain is an important message to us that we're doing something unwisely, something that requires our attention. If we just chase our pain away without thinking about it, we're doomed to its return – maybe to our detriment.

Better breathing is the cornerstone of better tension management. Reclaiming our ability to breathe correctly is a giant step forward in reducing headaches of all kinds.

© 2011 Alexandra Brunel, all rights reserved.

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Headaches – 2 Minute Cure

Headaches, a common ailment among both children and adults can be a blight on an otherwise bright day. That sinking feeling of the pain getting worse in your head followed by that throbbing or stabbing pain behind the eyes can cause such a discomfort that everyone of us can relate to.

There are many causes of headaches but some are more common than others, like:

a) Sleeping badly can often cause a bad headache
b) Excessive much consumption of alcohol
c) Reading in bad or dim light for prolonged period
d) Dehydration
e) Colds and flu
f) Listening to Loud music for extended period
g) Stress.
h) Menstruation.
i) Screaming kids
j) Migraines and certain food allergies
k) Bad posture

If you suffer headaches frequently, be it for any one reason and having to pop pills to alleviate the pain more than a few times a week then you should seek medical advice as a first step to determine if you have any serious medical condition that is causing headaches. However, the good news is that many simple headaches can be naturally and without popping pills by alleviating the muscle contractions in the cranium that causes the headaches in the first place.

Almost all of us would reach for pills the moment we experience headache to get rid of it pronto because it affects our daily lives adversely. But this often can be the wrong approach. Aspirin, paracetemol and ibruprofen can often cause micro lesions in the stomach and long terms are not good for the digestive tract.

So what is the answer?

The answer could be AcuPressure, good for children and adults alike.

'AcuPressure' system relates upon an ancient technique for massaging key points on the skull which massages 8 key points in a sequence on the cranial. Like acupuncture but without the pins, this system is non-invasive. Bad neck posture often pulls the neck muscles that pull on the cranium vault that pulls on the brain – but this ancient method will alleviate that cranial pull and the pain.

As soon as you feel that you have a headache, you should think about doing the 8 points which can be done immediately to prevent the pain. And as the method is non-chemical and non-invasive, as long as you have the Acupressure device (a pin with a ball bearing on it that does not penetrate the skin) with you, you can do the 8 point massage as often as you like to alleviate the pain. It may be done several times by relaxing the cranium muscles. The best part of AcuPressure system is that you can heal your own head ache at home, without the need for needles or pills and with ease. So do not sit at home and suffer, or pop yet more pills you know are not good for you. You may want to learn more about how to cure headaches in 2 minutes without any pills .. For all headache sufferers the time is now to eliminate this injury and get back to doing what you love to do uninterrupted.

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An Escape From the Misery of Migraines

About ten percent of the population sufferers from migraine headaches. This percentage may be even higher as migraine headaches often go undiagnosed. Anybody who has suffered from a full blown migraine knows that the pain and other symptoms can be near unbearable. While migraine headaches do not have a convenient time of arriving it is especially difficult to manage them while at work. As an employer it can be especially frustrating if an employee repeatedly sufferers from them as it can lead to greatly reduced productivity. So what can you as an employee or employer do to minimize the number of migraine accidents that take place at work?

First and foremost as an employer you should be sympathetic if an employee reports suffering from migraines. Their symptoms include limited vision, extreme sensitivity to light, noise and movement, nausea, vomiting, and very severe pain. Even after the migraine has ended most sufferers have a mild headache, are stiff and left with a sensitive stomach. They may also feel especially depressed and unable to think clearly. Do not assume migraines are anything like a typical headache and recognize that your employee made special special accommodations. As an employee you should let your employer know that you tend to get migraines as they may then be more understanding if you have to call in or go home sick.

There are a whole host of factors that can trigger migraine headaches. These many factor differ drastically from individual to individual. Some of these triggers can not be controlled, at least not by your work habits, but many can be. You have a higher risk factor of suffering from migraine headaches if you are female or if you have a family history of the disorder. Other, more controllable factors include stress, certain types of food and environmental factors. If you're a migraine sufferer you may want to keep a food diary in order to review what foods correlate with migraines. There is a very long list of potentially dangerous food but it would be near impossible to avoid them all so you'll want to create a better tailor list for yourself. As far as environmental factors and stress go, employers and employees can make changes in order to avoid migraines.

By making a few basic changes offices you can become friendlier environments for migraine sufferers. Try and reduce fluorescent lighting as much as possible. Florescent lights offer bright and unforgiving light which offers to produce glare on many surfaces including computer screens. Often your office will come equipped with fluorescent lights making the problem more difficult to circumvent but consider purchasing a few standing and desk lamps and just turning off the overhead lights. It will not be that expensive of a transition and it may end up saving you money on your electricity bill. It will also provide migraine sufferers with great relief. Migraine sufferers should take breaks from their computer every hour in order to avoid too much eye strain.

Employers should also facilitate employees to make a few lifestyle changes in order to reduce the risk of migraines. Encourage employees to maintain a regular sleep schedule, which may mean allowing them to work severaler hours if they are especially busy employees. Also encourage them to eat regularly. It may help if your office provides a few healthy snacks for your employees. You can also encourage employees to take advantage of their lunch breaks as opposed to pressuring them to work through them. It is also crucial that employees avoid stress. One of the best ways to do this is to encourage employees to maintain a positive work life balance. Emphasizing the importance of daily exercise and a social lifestyle is crucial to the health of your office. You should also aim to foster a friendly work environment. Give your employees time to socialize and relax. Often employees feel on edge for most of the hours of the day which can lead to heavy stress levels which are likely to trigger migraines.

Employees must also take responsibility for maintaining their good health. If you feel as if you are experiencing migraines you should talk about your symptoms with your doctor. It is important that you get a proper diagnosis in case that is a more serious neurological problem at hand. Moreover pharmaceuticals have made great strides in migraine medicine most of which significantly reduce your symptoms and some may reduce the number of attacks you experience. The Wall Street Journal reports that doctors can also help you detect early warning signs such as changes in mood, excess thirst or hunger, increased urination, fatigue, muscle stiffness and digestive changes. If taken before the migraine fully sets in you can typically prevent their full sunset. At the very least employees would know to relax and lighten their schedule for the next day.

There is no real cure for migraine headaches but there are steps employers and employees can take to reduce their impact.

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Make My Headache Go Away: Pain Relief When Headaches or Migraine Strike

Millions of Americans suffer from acute headaches or migraine every day, but it's not a new condition. One image from the pyramids shows an Egyptian apparently treating his head with a crocodile strapped to his head !!

Those who suffer from headaches appreciate this image: having an acute headache or migraine feet very like having one's head in the jaws of a razor-toothed vice. We hurt, and everything else in life retreats behind a shimmering barrier of pain that makes working at our best or even playing far more difficult. For hours – sometimes even days – we can not escape, no matter what we do.

There are differences between migraines and other headings, but some relief techniques are common to both. Whatever the origin of the headache, or its type, acute relief is what's needed as soon as an attack threatens. Once the headache has taken hold, it may be too late to think straight.

Acute treatment choices are simple: 1) medicate, with drugs or natural remedies, 2) use tension-relieving techniques, or 3) use both.

To Medicate or Not?

Many of us are receptant to take pain-reducing drugs. A 2010 survey by the US Department for Health and Human Services showed that many of those in acute pain do not even try to get treatment – they just resign themselves to suffering.

Neverheless, depending on where in the world you live, there are prescription items, over-the-counter (OTC) preparations, and natural alternatives to both that can help when headaches strikes.

Natural Remedies

Infusions of herbs such as feverfew, pennyroyal and willow bark have been used for centuries for headache relief. None of these is recommended if you are pregnant, however!

Many headers are simply due to dehydration. Drinking water throughout the day will reduce your vulnerability to headache, but may not be of immediate use if your headache leads nausea. If this is the case you must re-hydrate with small sips of water.

Low or unstable blood sugar is a common trigger. Sips of sweet tea, or sorbet or fruit can help. If you're diabetic or there's diabetes in your family, you should discuss your headaches with your doctor and beware skipping meals.

Tension-relieving Techniques

A great many heads respond to rest and to simple tension-relieving techniques. These are especially important if you are pregnant and can not take any medications.

Amongst the simplest and most important of these is learning to relax. If you can get to a quiet place, try breathing deeply from your diaphragm for several minutes, then repeatedly tensing all your muscles for a minute, then relaxing them for a minute. Simple yoga postures that flex the spine will help relax the neck and shoulders. The cat pose and down-facing dog may be used before the child pose. In all cases, breathing should be deepened.

If you can find two water-proof basins, immersing one hand in hot water (as hot as possible without scaling) and the other in cold while breathing and mentally “sending” the headache into the water works surprisingly well. Acupressure or massage (head and shoulder or foot!) Often help, too.

OTC: Ask Your Pharmacist

At the bottom end of the price scale, aspirin has a bad reputation these days – but for some it's still the answer. Sold generically and under brand-names like Bayer, Bufferin and Ecotrin, aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant, both of which can relate the physical progress of many headaches. It's also very inexpensive, widely available, and well-proven – provided you do not have the stomach liver, or intestinal problems that it could aggravate. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, or generic) has replaced aspirin for many, but once again you need to be careful about taking it on an empty stomach or if you have liver or other stomach trouble.

Acetaminophen, the main brand of which is Tylenol, is a common drug in the USA and has a good reputation for few side-effects if taken according to instructions and not over-used. Again, liver problems are a red flag.

Many of these lower-end drugs are marketed with “plus” ingredients, the most common of which is caffeine. A dose of caffeine can certainly make you feel more alert, but if what you need is rest, it may not be the best choice. Outside the USA, codeine phosphate can be a useful “plus” and is available in tablets combined with aspirin, paracetamol, or ibuprofen.

There are many combinations of these drugs: ask you pharmacist for advice.

On Prescription

Your doctor needs to understand what kind of headaches you get before prescribing special medication. He must also consider what other drugs you take that may contribute to your headaches. Many common prescription drugs – from antibiotics to antidepressants and blood-pressure pills – can cause headaches as well as help other conditions. Do not stop taking these if you're on prescription but do discuss what's happening with your doctor.

Treating attacks when they happen with drugs called triptans that treat pain and restore function if migraine is the problem. Some doctors suggest drugs containing barbiturates or opiates. These need to be used sparingly.

Hormone therapy may help some women who migraines seem to be linked to their menstrual cycle.

Final Words

Headaches have meaning in our lives. Relieving the pain is important, but to defeat it, we need to understand what it means in the context of our lives and choices. Better diet, more rest; looking at food intolerance, exercise, eye-strain, posture and alcohol consumption; considering stress from family, work or personal problems: all play their part in the wonderful puzzle that's you.

After this headache is over, do take some time out to think about these factors, and to create for yourself a picture of a life that would be headache-free. There are many good programs to help you do this.

If you take your heads seriously, you can make that picture a reality.

© 2011 Alexandra Brunel, all rights reserved.

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Understanding Headaches

Millions of people suffer from chronic headaches every day. According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. There are several different types of headaches that people suffer from. There are at least 150 diagnostic headaches categories that have been established. In order to treat your headaches, it is important to understand which type of headache you are suffering from. For example, if you are suffering from a dehydration headache, all the aspirin in the world will not decrease your pain. This article focuses on some of the most common types of headaches and how to differentiate them.

Although rare, headaches can be the result of other serious conditions such a tumor or a burst blood vessel. It is important to seek the advice of a healthcare professional if your headaches persist for longer than a week. If there is a serious condition causing your headache, it is important to get to the cause of the problem as soon as possible. Time may be of the essence in preventing the headache from developing into serious complications.

By far the most common type of headers are tension headaches. More than 75 percent of those who suffer from headaches are suffering from tension headaches. In order to understand if you are suffering from tension type headaches it is important to understand the characteristics associated with them.

Tension headaches usually involve a steady ache, rather than a throbbing one. They are often described as feeling a pressure, or tightening. They can last only a few minutes, or up to several days. They usually affect both sides of the head and do not worsen with physical activity. Being sensitive to light or noise may accompany them. Nausea is usually absent with tension headaches. They are often bought on by stress.

Another type of headaches are the cervicogenic headaches. These heads originate problems in the cervical spine or neck. The problem in the neck causes referred pain into the head. These headers can be triggered with abnormal neck movement or from your head being in a sustained, awkward position. An example of this might be having your head turned for a prolonged period of time while painting a ceiling. There is often reduced range of motion of the neck. Cervicogenic headache sufferers may also experience radiating pain into the shoulder, or arm. This is because of the irritation of the nerves in the neck that control the shoulder and arm.

Migraine headaches are less common than tension headaches. However, migraines afflict 25 to 30 million people in the United States. Migraine headaches typically last four to 72 hours. They are unilateral, meaning they usually affect only one side of the head. They are usually described as throbbing and are aggravated by physical activity. They may be associated with light sensitivity, noise, odors and may accompaniment vomiting and nausea. Loss of appetite and stomach upset are often included as well. An Aura may occur before the headache begins. This may include a disturbance of vision or brightly colored, blinking lights that move across the field of vision. Approximately one out of five people with migraines will experience the aura with the migraine.

Since headaches are often caused by physical problems, the best approach is a physical solution. Chiropractic has shown to provide relief for those suffering from migraine, tension and cervicogenic headaches. This means that chiropractic can help the vast majority of people suffering with headaches. Research has shown these types of headaches to be correlated with problems of the spell. This may include the joints of the spine and the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints.

Chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and correction of problems associated with the joints of the spine. Chiropractors perform specific treatments to help restore proper function and motion of the joints of the spine. These treatments also help to remove nerve irritation which is associated with headaches. Chiropractors can also prescribe therapies, exercises and stretches to help the muscles and ligaments around the joints.

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Natural Remedies For Migraine Headaches – 5 Natural Remedies For Migraine Headaches Treatment

Natural remedies for migraine headaches are very easy to find these days for most people. Whether you are looking for a herb, supplement or a technique, you should not have to look far.

If you suffer from the constant pain and aggravation from headaches, you will be able to find some relief by simply trying out some of these easy to follow tips below.

Here are 5 easy to find and implement migraine headache remedies.

Feverfew:
Feverfew is a root that comes from all over the world, and can be found in most health food stores. This herb acts to aid in the prevention of headaches by helping to keep the vessels in the head from becoming inflamed.

Feverfew is not meant to stop an active migraine headache, but when taken daily it is believed to help stop migraine attacks from occurring in the first place.

Peppermint Oil:
In addition to having many uses in food, candy and teas, peppermint oil is also effective in treating headaches. By simply massaging some of the oil into the back of the neck, head and jaw areas of the head, the oil will absorb into the skin for the best effect.

Deep Breathing Exercises:
When our body and mind becomes stressed out, the potential for a migraine becomes much greater. Tense muscles around the head and neck tighten up, which can be a trigger for a migraine headache for many sufferers.

By learning to breathe properly, you will be teaching the body to relax and therefore teaching it to avoid becoming over-stressed. When you achieve normal stress levels, and tension is at a minimum, you should see your migraines dissipate veryly.

Magnesium Supplements:
Magnesium is very important to so many of the systems in the human body, and many claim that it works in the prevention of headache episodes. Magnesium can be found in many different foods, and through the use of a supplement.

Always check with your family doctor before taking any magnesium though, as taking too much can result in other unwanted effects.

Use A Hot or Cold Compress:
People have been using hot and cold compresses for pain for many years, and with a lot of success. Placing the compress directly on the head often times results in a reduction in pain for many sufferers.
If you are sooner to get migraines often, or just once in a while, there are easy and natural remedies you can use to ease your pain and discomfort.

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Finding A Natural Remedy For A Migraine – 5 Tips For Migraine Headaches Treatment

If you suffer from a migraine headaches often, and are looking for a natural remedy for migraine headaches, please read on to find out how to get some relief.

You know how much a migraine can hurt and ache, and all you want to do when you get another one, is to make it go away.

The problem with most traditional remedies for headaches is that they involve taking some kind of medication for the ailment.

Medication can cause a lot of side-effects, which can leave you feeling a lot of other symptoms through your body in addition to the pain that you had from the headache.

One option to avoid feeling even worse when you are suffering, are natural remedies for migraines. You can find much relief just by using a few really simple tips that encourage overall healthy living, and relief from pain.

Drink A Lot of Water: Drinking a lot of water will keep your body hydrated, which will keep fatigue at bay, which can help tremendously help to remedy a current headache episode. Your body needs water, so hydrate it properly and reap the rewards of overall better health.

Avoid Caffeine: Caffeine dehydrates the body, which will trigger a headache. For a great and healthy natural remedy, drink 8 – 8oz glasses per day for general hydration and healthy living.

Avoid Stress: Stress is hard on the human body, and avoiding it at all costs is always a good thing to do. For headache sufferers, this is especially important. A stressed body and mind can trigger an episode, leaving you just as stressed, and in pain.

Stay supplemented with vitamins: There is evidence to suggest that people who often get headaches are sometimes deficient in certain vitamins. Some B vitamins have been linked to relief for many migraine patients, so taking a B-Complex supplement can help very many times.

Pressure Point Massage: If you have the ability to get a pressure point massage during a headache, or to aid in prevention, you will see a lot of relaxation benefits. Using various pressure points on the body, a massage can refer to an aching head for many people who try this technique.

The next time you find yourself in the midst of a terrible headache, try some of these easy and natural tips to find some relief.

With the help of some very simple natural remedies, you will find relief for your most annoying headache symptoms, without the side-effects of traditional medicines.

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Is Having a Migraine Ever a Good Thing

I know what you're thinking. Having a migraine is never a good thing. But, consider this. Having a migraine can prevent you from having to spend time with that annoying family member. You know the one. That cousin that will not stop talking about their gardens, or their decorating prowess. Or, the one that knows everything about everything. We all have one of those in our family.

I suffer from migraine and I can tell you from experience, I would rather put up with that annoying cousin then deal with the pain of migraine. I can get away from the cousin, but, I can not get away from a migraine. It follows me where ever I go.

Whether you have a product that reduces or completely blocks the pain of migraine, if you have been diagnosed with migraine, you will always have them. There is no cure for them, and they can be debilitating at times, sending you to your bed, trapping you in that dark dark room, all alone, just you and that monster.

Another reason that having a migraine could be a good thing is, it could be worse . You could have a tumor, or blood clot.

Having to suffer from the pain of migraine is bad enough. You do not have to sit there and listen to me come up with more reasons why having a migraine is a good thing.

You want to know how to get rid of the pain. You want to know how to stop having migraines period. There are ways and products designed to help you do just that.

The question is; Will these products work on your migraine?

Everyone I have ever talked to that sufferers from migraine, says that their is the worst pain that they have ever felt. And they are right. My migraine pain is the worst pain I have ever felt. When I broke my ankle skiing, that pain was not even close to the pain I feel when a migraine hits.

So, what do we do when we know a migraine is on the way ?

When we know a migraine is on the way, this is when we need to take steps to fight it. If we can get the remedies we use to fight migraine in our bodies quick enough, we can reduce the pain, maybe even stop it. So, you could say this is one of the times when having a migraine is a good thing, or, knowing that a migraine is coming is a good thing. Because the sooner we can react to the migraine, the better off we will be.

Final Thoughts

Having a migraine is never good, in fact, it's the worst time in our lives. Having a migraine means that we will miss out on a lot of different things. We basically miss out on life itself. And that is something that I for one, can not and will not accept.

We were put on this earth to live, make babies, enjoy life, things like that, not suffer in pain.

My best advice to others who suffer from the pain of migraine; Do not stop your search for that product or remedy that takes the pain away, because life is too short to have to go through it suffering from the pain of migraine.

It does not matter how much the remedy costs, it's about taking the pain away. Is not a life without migraine worth any amount of money? It is to me.

Pepper

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Migraine Headache and a Walk in Clinic

Have you ever sat in a room with all the lights turned off in a silent sphinx-like position trying to empty your mind of all distractions? Although this may sound like something a new-age Buddhist can do, it is also something that a migraine sufferer will do to attempt to alleviate the severe pain that they are experiencing. Migraines are quite simply hard to explain to non-sufferers, the pain is unlike a normal headache and is often times rated as a ten on a one-to-ten numbered pain scale. Visiting doctors, hospitals and a walk in clinic is par for the course for people who have migraines. Treatment is out there if you know where to look.

What is a Migraine?
It is a serious medical issue which symptoms include excruciating head pain. This “header” can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Nausea is also a symptom of migraines, as is temporary loss of vision and other eye oddities, such as spots or flashing lights.

When & Where do Migraines Present Themselves?
This varies with the individual sufferer. It can be on one side of the head or both. They can happen around the clock, yet typically they report that they begin in the morning hours. It is important to have medical help if you are a sufferer of migraines, and any of your city's many walk in clinics can help you in a variety of ways.

Who Gets Migraines?
It is reported that the average ages for migraine sufferers is between 20 and 45. This does not mean that other ages can not have them, as that happens commonly. Women are more likely to have migraines, in fact, it is estimated that nearly three out of four sufferers are women.

What Causes Migraines?
Although many professionals, including walk in clinics, have studied this issue it is not understood what causes migraines. It may be an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain, which causes an inflammation which triggers the pain.

What Are The Triggers?
This is a problematic question in an across-the-board-way because triggers are different in all individuals. Some sufferers get an attack when they have too little sleep, some too much sleep. It does seem that stress, skipped meals and alcohol can trigger an episode. It is difficult to say what one person will find to be a trigger, as it varies so very much.

When Should a Doctor Come Into The Equation?
If you are unsure that you need a doctor this is a great sign because all people who suffer from genuine migraines KNOW in their heart-of-hearts that medical help is necessary. If you do need a doctor, think about visiting any of your friendly neighborhood walk in clinics as they possess the skill to diagnose and treat many illnesses, migraines included.

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Do You Know What Type of Headaches You Get?

Headaches are the number one reason people seek chiropractic care as well as medical attention. The American Council on Headache Education reported there are over 45 million people who suffer from headaches,

Headaches can be divided into primary headings and secondary headaches. Primary head offices have no link to a specific disease or injury as opposed to headaches caused by a space occupying lesion of the brain, accident or some other specific disease which are known as secondary headaches.

Which type do you have?

Brief painful bunches
15 headaches per month
Tightening of neck muscles
Centered around one eye
Dull, steady pain over entire head
Soreness and tight neck motion
Paralyzing pain that puts your life on hold

Which of the above descriptions best fits you?

A doctor will determine which type of headache you have by:

Obtaining a complete history to rule out pathology and secondary headaches.
Identifying trigger factors and causes.
Manual palpation of the joints of the neck and upper back to determinate movement restriction.
Taking cervical x-rays including flexion / extension views.

Chronic Tension Headaches

Chronic tension headaches are frequently caused by dysfunctional neck muscles caused by misalignments of the cervical spine. Misalignments of the vertebrae will reflexively trigger muscles to tighten in the neck and head, and increase the firing of receptors called nociceptors which causes pain sensation. In addition to painful muscles, this can alter blood pressure in the cranium.

Tension headaches are the most common variety. Many patients labeled with a diagnosis of tension headaches may have head originating from functional abnormalities of the cervical spine at a specific level.

Tension Headaches Facts

Most common variety
Affects women more than men
Tightening of muscles in the face, head and neck
Dull steady pain over the whole head
46% of these patients report reduced effectiveness on the job annually

Cluster Headaches

Similar to the menstrual migraines due to the female hormone estrogen, the cluster headaches are believed to be connected with the male hormone testosterone. Therefore, cluster headaches usually only affects men.

Just as the name suggest, cluster heads come in clusters. Typically, they last 15 minutes to an hour, occur 4-8 times per day for days or weeks and may not re-occur for months or even years. The pain associated with cluster headaches is focused behind one eye, accompanied with tearing, flushing, sweating and nasal congestion.

Cluster Headaches Facts

Less common that tension headaches
85% of which affect men
Brief but painful “bunches”
Strikes over a period of weeks
Centered around one eye
Accompanied with nasal congestion

Chronic Daily Headaches

The majority of these chronic daily headaches are a result of gradual transformation from episodic headaches of any type such as: migraine. cervicogenic, or tension into chronic headaches. 35-40% of patients who seek treatment for their headaches suffer from daily headaches.

Criteria for Chronic Daily Headaches

Minimum of 15 heads days per month
180 headache days per year

Migraines

Migraine headaches have been on the rise reporting a 60% increase in the past 10 years. It's believed one of the major reasons for the increase in migraines can be traced back to dietary issues, artificial chemicals such as aspartame and very high levels of

Over 80% of migraines are believed to be diet related. The American diet is loaded with inflammatory foods. Our typical hunter-gatherer ancestor had a diet with a 1: 1 omega-3: omega-6 fatty acid ratio. The typical American diet ranges from a 1: 22-1: 40 omega-3: omega-6. Omega 6's are very inflammatory and omega 3's are anti-inflammatory. This dramatic imbalance in omega 3: 6 FA's in most Americans diets creates an imbalance in the body.

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Alleviating Migraines

Do not you find it amazing that with all the sophisticated technology developed and millions of dollars spent on research, with all the qualified doctors, neurologist and migraine expert out there, that there are very few people that are actually able to help migraine sufferers back to their optimum health? Instead, the focus seems to be more on finding out what chemical or product will alleviate migraine and create the least amount of side effects.

Yet it would be cruel to condemn anyone who takes migraine pills to treat their migraines. When a migraine attack is about to happen, their first instinct is to reach for a pill because the only thing on their mind is to stop the pain fast. This will resonate with many of you who are in the same boat and want nothing more than to stop the pain immediately with whatever medicine was closest to hand. But what if there was a more effective, faster pain relief that does not involve the use of any kinds of pills whatever? Would you be interested? Would you want to know what it entailed?

Before telling you what this pain relief is, let me delve into another interesting aspect which, surprisingly, has not been given sufficient attention. What's really interesting is that a lot of migraine sufferers making passing references to the fact that they also suffer from anxiety, depression, stress and weight issues. Some say these conditions were as a result of their migraines and yet nothing much is done about their anxiety, depression, stress or weight issues. It is almost as if these emotional and physical states are considered to go hand in hand with having migraines.

You may be wondering now: if your energy is low and you are feeling miserable, will that make you more prone to migraine? Or if you get a migraine, or have been suffering with migraines for some time, can you be blamed for feeling miserable and exhausted, mentally and physically? It does seem to be a chicken and egg conundrum, does not it?

We've also seen that depression and migraines are often linked, but which comes first? What would happen if migraine sufferers who also suffered from anxiety and / or depression were given proven tools and techniques to alleviate their condition and feel better? As they become more confident and less prone to anxiety attacks, would they find a significant reduction in the intensity of their migraines as well? Would their chronic pain become less freqent, less intense? What would it take to find out?

So let me ask the question again, which came first: the condition or the thoughts and emotions? And what would happen if migraine sufferers were to embark on a journey where they took control of these thoughts and emotions, despite their condition would they ever find physical relief? What if everyone took a 'no excuses' approach to getting themselves in shape mentally and physically. What would it take for someone to try a different approach? This could mean different things to different people. Some examples could include forgiveness (of yourself and others), mindfulness, laughter, walking half an hour a day, drinking 2 liters of pure water a day, cutting out junk food, eating a balanced diet and so on. Perhaps these steps might well lower the build up of stress in their bodies to such an extent that their migraines would reduce considerably.

Action steps to a healthier life without migraines:

Forgive everyone that has harmed you physically and emotionally from your past
Deal with the current emotions in your life wherever depression, anger, sadness, hopeless and so on
De-stress every day: walk, laugh, meditate
Watch your habits: drink 2 liters every day, ensure you get a good night's sleep, eat healthily
Create a different journal: focus on being grateful for everything in your life. Write at least 10 things you are grateful for every day.

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Reviewing Heal Your Own Headaches – Shocking Truth About 2 Minute Fix

Did you know by using pressure points in certain areas you can cure your own heads in roughly 2 minutes? Using acupressure to help getting rid of headaches can certainly make life a lot more comfortable. As you will see when looking into this program Heal Your Own Headaches you get a pretty good idea of ​​whether this will work or not.

Looking at everything about Health and Fitness for a long time for myself I have become a bit of a Wellness Nut and one of the subjects I have been interested in and also have spent time reading up on is migraines and all kind of headaches which can make your life pretty uncomfortable and know that acupressure can work.

Having suffered over most of my life with migraines until the last few years when they have been a lot less frequent have researched the different natural methods which can be a big help for headache complaints and of course no side effects.

What kind of Headaches can Heal Your Own Headaches help with:

Migraines: The pain from the Migraine Headache can be helped.

Stress: Because of tension buildup stress can make your muscles in the shoulders and around the base of your neck very stiff and give pain up the back of the head.

Anxiety: Same situation as tension buildup.

Headaches from working in one position too long eg computer workers, dentists, nail beauticians, telephone operators. Of course getting up and moving and taking the breaks when we all should help help tie heads as well.

Dr. Steven Klayman's Heal Your Own Headaches program which consists of his technique with the tei-shin acupressure device. In the detailed information provided explaining everything clearly, this device helps heads by using a technique that finds the right pressure points to use. With carrying the tei-shin device with you all the time it can be used instantly when a headache comes on, and can be used safely again if the headache recurs.

The tei-shin device can help 95% of the people with headaches in 2 minutes but 5% of people it may not be able to help but with the no risk guarantee it would be worth trying to get rid of those debilitating headaches which are just not funny.

So many painkillers and prescriptions nowdays on the market can have side effects and some of them quite verse, thinking of Aspirin which can cause stomach bleeding with prolonged use. Why do not doctors tell you about this natural way to cure headaches which works 95% of the time?

The cost of the program is $ 97 and also provides an informational bonus on all different headaches with 100% satisfaction money back guarantee which means you can not lose but have everything to gain, when you can take action quickly and quietly and get rid of annoying energy draining headaches.

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