Healing Migraines With Food

I would not wish a migraine on my worst enemy. If you have migraines, I know you understand. My migraines began at age 20. They started monthly but soon became every two weeks. They rented for 26 years. I have tried almost every preventative drug out there and still no relief, and I hated the side effects! Several years ago, I embarked on a journey of healing through food, and I am rid of my migraines for good! I can not describe how incredibly freeing it is to not be worried about when my next migraine will come. Below are some examples of what I have implemented in my life to help me become migraine free.

1) Eat your green, leafy veggies.

Veggies like collard greens, bok choy, spinach, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, turnip greens and Swiss chard provide the body with all kinds of wonderful vitamins and minerals like E, C, K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium and folate. Low magnesium levels have shown to be a migraine trigger.

Also, green, leafy veggies with their high fiber and water content slow absorption of carbs which help stabilize blood sugar.

2) Cut processed sugar from your diet.

Too much sugar causes inflammation in your body and causes blood sugar to spike and dip. Long-repeating inflammation can cause migraines. Choose whole foods like nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans over highly processed foods like cookies, granola bars, chips and candy.

3) Add healthy fats to your diet.

Olives, olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and fatty fish combat infection and provide your brain with the fat it needs to fight fatigue, sharpen memory, balance mood swings and reduce migraines.

4) Reduce stress.

Stress increases inflammation in the body. If stress is not deal with, over time it can become chronic. Chronic stress keeps the body in a constant state of havoc. Chronic stress causes cortisol levels to remain high which keep blood sugar levels high, narrows arteries, and reduces digestion. All of these factors can contribute to migraines. Therefore, it is so important to focus on ways to reduce stress daily. Exercise, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and listening to music are good ways to help you wind down and keep chronic stress away.

I hope you found these examples helpful. If you incorporated any of these into your lifestyle, and they helped reduce your migraines, please share! Here's a migraine free life!

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ADHD Check List

The ADHD is normally referred to as the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This happens primarily in school going children with their behavior or the problems at school and it is advised to their parents that their children should undergo the tests and diagnosis.

This ADHD check list includes the test of the children wherever they are not responding to the ADHD problem symptoms as now means that they have to collect information about the child from the past six months itself.

ADHD check list includes the symptoms of the inattention in their school activities like careless in finishing school homework's, mistakes in their home works, failures in attention during classes, difficulty in listening, sounds difficulty in speaking, directly to their respected persons, failures to follow the instructions forgings everything about the home works and daily activities, bored in indulging sports activities, forgings everyday schedule, loses things wanted for the schools, pays only less attention and gets sudden distractions by other related things.

ADHD check list also includes the symptoms of hyperactivity which shows more excitation, abnormally, emotional reactions and behaviors, leaves classrooms where there is a need of their presence, having fights with their co students, feel difficult in playing quiet, they are too emotional, and they will talk more than the normal. They are normally referred as the abnormal children and they have the symptoms of the impulsivity also like answering before the question is completely finished, finds difficulty in waiting for someone or gets distracted or depressed, and enters into another's conversation without any permission or wanted. The symptoms of these all are adapted from the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

There are also symptoms of the learning disabilities and they are also getting angered due to the learning related problems and small scolding from their parents and teachers that leads them to a big anxiety. They also have high level negative thoughts, angered and show poor long term results according to their school activities, failures and the anti social behaviors and friends activities. The diagnosis of this ADHD includes tests of the children activities, behaviors, and the information of the child from date before six months. Pediatric tests include the child medical history, mental health and child development. They have the signs of seizures, anxiety, depression, or behavioral problems and in some cases the diagnoses take too much of time because it covers the written test and face to face detected tests and also psychological and neurological tests.

This ADHD continues for some children after seven, and lasts through adolescence and their symptoms continues toill the time they will recover. This is due to genetic factors, premature birth, lead poisoning, brain and spinal cord infections and mainly cases of addiction to drugs, alcohol when the baby is in the womb. The ADHD check list includes treatment therapy of like behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, social skill training, parental educational and support, medications which are provided to treat like stimulants as this causes some side effects in children like appetite, headaches, weight loss and stomach aches.

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Preventing Severe Migraine Headaches Holistically

If you are reading this you have migraines or suffered with them. I know what that is like from a very young age. As a child I would often get fevers in the sun and was very allergic to chocolate. I was also very sensitive to chlorine in pools and during summer vacations or trips to my Aunt and Uncles pool party, I would often come home with terrible headaches.

I gradually grow up thinking this is who I was. This is the way I was wired and there was nothing I could do. Like most people who have migraines I often could not keep up sometimes with my peers on teams, at parties, sometimes leading sometimes to absences later in college and then work. Life became difficult at times feeling a failure to keep up with others, however I always knew deep inside there was probably some special calling I had where life could be easier and healthier, where somehow I could ride the migraine wave or see it coming before it got me. It took me quite a few years but then finally at age 37 I made a decision to really embark on how to do this. At this time I decided to study more holistically and became certified in different areas such as Health coaching and Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong. While I did learn so many things, what really meant more in the end was how to apply it to myself first and then to others. Now at age 43 I make every day count as much I can in the most healthiest way and have changed my life. Changing has made my migraines less, reducing medication and overall feeling healthier. In other words it took me watching myself and understanding myself in many ways when a migraine came, learning new tools and new foods to eat and approaching things differently that now would become my new habits to live a healthyier happier life. Becoming successful at doing this led me to certain workshops of self discovery and empowerment that I felt was important on this road of changing and extremely becoming more happier, healthier and successful. That positive energy overflowed leading me to do the same for others. More importantly it allowed me to hone in on what I feel is very important for prevention of a migraine and being well prepared to handle one when one comes. The three things that I have found to be successful at this is keeping a healthy digestive tract, being physically active and to have good emotional health.

It is very important to have a healthy “gut ', that's right, I'm talking about your digestive system! will have. It is important to eat whole foods, not too much food, less of the processed ones and ones that have not been infected with hormones.

The second thing is to be physically active. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine migraines are sometimes caused by too much energy either in the head, liver or both. Keeping active even if it is stretching, walking outside, or 10 to 15 minutes on a treadmill 3 to 5 times a week is critical. Do not forget to add some training in as well. Furthermore this will induce natural endorphins and serotonin levels in your brain which is known to decrease during a migraine attack.

The third thing is emotions. How are your emotions today and everyday? Do you wake up feeling depressed, worried or thinking too much? Are you angry hold resentment or need to tell someone how you are really feeling? It is important than that you eat well to think well, move your body to get any excess of thoughts out as well as get creative in the area of ​​releasing your emotions in a constructive way. In addition it is also important to surround yourself with those who support your endeavors and dreams.

Nature Walks, yoga, meditation, tai chi or also very helpful here in maintaining balance for a healthy immune system or when any imbalance or illness strikes in the brain and body.

In order to ride a migraine or to manage one I have learned is to be the master of it. If you can master healthier eating, take care of your physical, spiritual, emotional and all areas of your health, your energy will be much better and so will you.

It took me awhile to figure this out but I'm glad that I did. Life is much better doing what I love to do, recognizing what I must do to stay on top of migraines as well as enjoy a healthy life lifestyle and sharing that with others.

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Botox – Headache and Migraine “Cure”?

Botox®, cleared for medical use by the FDA in December 1989, just celebrated its 25 year anniversary! That's 25 years with an incredible track record for the successful and safe smoothing of facial wrinkles in millions of patients. Research has disclosed quite a few other interesting and helpful uses for Botox® between wrinkles. To learn more about them, please see my Ezine article “Novel Uses for Botox®”.

Extensive research on Botox® continues through to the present day. As a result, in 2010 the FDA approved Botox® for the treatment of chronic, recurrent headaches and migraines.

Migraine headaches and other chronic headache syndromes affect about 1 in 10 people. That translates into about 45 million Americans with chronic, recurrent headaches of one form or another! 28 million, more than half, suffer from the dreaded so-called migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are about 3x more common in women, affecting approximately 20% of US women (and about 6% of US men).

There are many serious prescription medications written for every day for various types of headaches. These medications have side effects sometimes described by patients as worse than the headache itself! But even OTC pills can have some fairly dangerous side effects when used on a daily basis. And some medications are simply not a safe option for certain patients. But the worst part of this whole story is that many headaches, including migraines, are refractory to the “standard / traditional” treatments, leaving many patients without relief and feeling that “it's hopeless.”

Botox® to the rescue! Amazingly, a very wide variety of headache syndromes respond well enough to Botox® therapy. And Botox® has a minimal side effect profile and almost no contraindications. So almost everyone is safe to get a Botox® treatment and almost everyone is likely to get a successful exit, reducing both their intensity intensity and frequency!

Usually within a day or two of treatment, patients will report a significant decrease in the severity of their heads, followed by a significant reduction in the number of their heads. Often, patients will find that their headaches completely disappear for months at a time!

Headache specialists such as neurologists have happily incorporated Botox® into their arsenal as a key weapon in this fight. They will map out “trigger points” and other special spots on the scalp, back of the head and neck, and even the shoulders as selected injection points. It is not unusual for these specialists to give 30 – 40 injections during one session to these special spots to try to help.

We have been using Botox® since it was approved 25 years ago in our cosmetic surgery practice. We love the smoothing and rejuvenating effects Botox® provides by eliminating frowned lines, crow's feet and forehead creases. But some 10 – 15% of our patients suffer from frequent headaches and migraines too. Over the years, we have found that our patients can expect a similar type of relief from their headaches when they are simply treated for the smoothing of their facial wrinkles alone! Patients experiencing a headache before arriving at our office have often told us that they can detect the headache disappearing within minutes of their treatment, even before leaving our office! Patients aware of trigger points on the scalp or elsewhere can point them out to us for special attention. Otherwise, the number of injection points usually amounts to only 4 or 5 key areas. Headache relief from a single treatment session can be expected to last 3 – 6 months. Cost is fairly nominal; typically in the $ 250 – $ 500 range.

Smooth the wrinkles and cure the headaches? It's true! Botox® may be the closest thing there is to a head or migraine cure for you. But you might as well look your best too! Talk to your doctor about it – and your local plastic surgeon as well!

A full list of product information, including side effects and contraindications to treatment with Botox® can be found at: http://www.botoxcosmetic.com/

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Migraine Headaches With Nausea: The Holistic Approach to Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome in Two Adolescents

Migraine headaches are especially debilitating and sometimes include nausea and vomiting. I recently treated two adolescents with “Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.” One patient was a 16 year-old female, and the other a 14 year-old male. Both suffered from frequent migraines, nausea, and vomiting – frequent enough to miss school for days at a time . One patient, missing weeks at a time, required a home tutor. After multiple examinations by conventional medical doctors, nothing was found in the GI tract, so they were given migraine meds and antimetic drugs (to prevent vomiting). My male patient was even persuaded to undergo surgery and have his appendix removed! Both patients continued to suffer from the same headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Both patients had insomnia and circadian rhythm problems. And as time went on, since the medical doctors could not find anything, they assumed that my patients were either lying or psychologically disturbed; so they prescribed counseling and powerful antidepressants to no avail.

So, when I met my patients, they were in sad shape. Even worse, other professionals claimed that they were “crazy.” The first thing that I did was fix their diet. Both patients ate too much sugar and carbohydrates-rich foods. Over time, this led to hormonal imbalances and poor digestion. Society generally accepts the notification that these foods are the acceptable norm, but their toxicity is insidious. Sugar, in my opinion, should have considered a drug. It gives you a “sugar high” by stimulating the same brain receptors as heroin, and then causes you to crash and burn in a “carbohydrate stupor.” In order to feel better again, and less irritable, we crave more. We are finally acknowledging how this long-term addiction leads to diabetes and degenerative brain disorders, yet it remains common and “acceptable” in the standard American diet. The body needs proper building blocks to heal, and these patients simply were not getting them.

At the same time, I needed to improve the state of their digestive system so that they actually absorbed the good food they began to eat. Digestion begins with chewing and enzymes in the saliva. Then it goes down the esophagus to the stomach, where it requires an acidic environment to break down protein. The proper mix of bile from the gallbladder and other enzymes from the pancreas allow nutrients to be absorbed in the small intestine. Holistic professionals have known for many years that the fluor of the gut is an important symbiotic organism within us. Both patients had a history of antibiotic use which altered their flora. Asking patients about their stools is an often overlooked component among medical doctors, especially when the patient is there for a migraine headache. By providing supplements to these patients, I helped them restore their digestive ability to absorb food properly.

Lastly, we need to look at the spinal cord, with nerves coming in and out between the vertebrae. This is the two-way communication between the brain and the rest of the body. If the vertebra are not moving properly, communication is hampered. The situation becomes like that of a general unable to communicate with his troops. The brain and the digestive organisms are not cooperating with each other. This is a potential cause of malabsorption, but may also be the result of a poor diet. If we think of these spinal nerves like circuit breakers, then if an organ becomes overloaded (by a poor diet and lack of nutrition), it shuts down, like a safety valve or a disobedient child to prevent further damage. However, this also acts as a barrier to healing. So the final piece of the puzzle was to address this problem by fixing the structural alignment of both patients.

Several elements play a factor in recovery time. Changing the diet takes several months of adaptation with little adjustments along the way. Patient age plays a big part, too. Younger people respond faster to treatment than older people. Patients also vary on compliance. Some, desperate to change their lives after years of misery, adapt overnight with great success. Others, wary of “New Age” medicine, and craving the ease of a pill, need scientific evidence and much more convincing. They tend to be more relevant and rationalize, almost sabotaging their own recovery. When both of these patients were able to return to classes on a daily basis, attend school dances and have a normal life again, the parents were also relieved. That's all the evidence I need.

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Eliminate Migraine Headaches

Life has a way of moving our bodies out of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body's ability to self correct and heal itself. Car accidents, skiing accidents, landing on your head, getting bucked off of a horse, boxing, slipping on ice, falling off a bicycle or any of the many other life traumas we experience all contributions to cellular damage.

The body keeps a perfect score card. Untreated damage continues to create problems in other areas as the body compensates for the damage. Slow encroachment onto other tissues leads to such problems as Scoliosis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Compartment Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder, low back pain, stiff necks, loss of range of motion, Trigger Points (knots), headaches, migraines, and hormonal and organ dysfunctions. Damage stays trapped in the body until help arrives. There are several forms of bodywork that asserts the body in recovery.

Cranial Sacral Therapy is one such modality. Cranial Sacral Therapy, CST, is a gentle manipulation of the soft and hard tissues of the body. There are several different manipulations within CST that releases tensions, restrictions and tightness within the body.

CST utilizes tissue unwinding, pelvic releases, SI joint releases, still point, neck releases and cranial suture releases.This results in more range of motion, reduced tightness within the tissues and restores proper space between the various bones in the skull. Adequate space between the cranial bones allows the proper flow and drainage of cranial sacral fluid, lymph and blood while ensuring normal nerve conduction. Pinched nerves in the brain caused by compression of cranial bones can and does affect the whole body including migraine headaches.

Sinus drain can also build up in the sinus cavities due to compressed facial and cranial bones which is one of the leading causes of sinus headaches. Cranial Sacral Therapy directly impacts cranial spaces within the bones of the skull during decompression as it creates space and frees delicate impinged nerves. Restoring proper nerve incidence directly affects relief of headaches and migraines and muscle function for the body as a whole. Let's take a closer look at this protocol.

CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a massage table. The CST therapist listens for the flow of cranial sacral fluid by palpating at the feet, thighs, hips, ribs, shoulders and head. When the cranial sacral fluid flows uninhibited from the skull to the tailbone and back there is a rippling effect throughout the whole body. It is similar to throwing a stone into a lake and the ripples are seen spanning out like a fan.

Once the therapist determines where the restrictions are with an uneven unbalanced rhythm, the first step is to perform a tissue unwinding to release the tight fascia. Fascia is the membrane that wraps the cells, muscles and organs. Fascia acts as a guy wire to help hold the body upright. When it is too tight it does not allow the proper flow of cranial fluid, body fluids, nerve conduction and muscle movement.The body feels stuck and stiff.Tissue unwinding follows the flow of cranial fluid with gentle light touch and works with this flow to release the tensions in these tissues. The therapist follows the restrictions throughout the body. It is like getting an internal massage.

Once the unwinding is accomplished the therapist proceeds to unwind the neck and head. The client's head rests on the side of the therapists hands creating a still point where the cranial sacral fluid ceases to flow. A maximum of 5 minutes is recommended. Once this step is complete the neck and whole body is in such a deep state of relaxation and it is easier to release the tensions in the occipital base, the lower back edge of the skull.

Most of the back muscles attach to the base of the skull. The Occipital Base Release penetrates these muscles at this attachment site relaxing the muscles all the way down the back. The client's head rests comfortably on the finger tips of the therapist until the tissues release and the therapist can feel C1, the very top vertebrae. Gentle tractioning of the skull towards the therapist creates more space between the tight and stressed vertebrae. Nerves exit from the spine through the vertebrae on both sides. Creating space in tight compressed vertebrae frees up the nerves for improved nerve construction. This has a direct impact on muscle and organ function. Finally, the therapist movements the cranial bones.

The therapist just uses only 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel, and transactions each cranial bone moving it back into its natural position. When the cranial bones are decompressed away from each other with proper space, the cranial nerves are freed to function normally. Space is restored in the cranial cavities such as sinus cavities so that sinuses can drain properly relieving pressure around the eyes. Cranial sacral fluid flows unimpaired through the brain and dural tube in the spine promoting health and homeostasis.

Nerves are the body's communication system. When nerves are impinging the whole body is compromised. Oxygen, blood, lymph, muscle and organ function are compromised. The body can not reach homeostasis, its ability to heal itself, without assistance. Cranial Sacral Therapy gently nudges the body back to its proper anatomical position where fluids flow naturally, nerves communicate to cells uninhibited, and the mind, body and soul is rejuvenated.

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Don’t Just Take A Pain-Killer And Carry On – Listen To Your Body

Almost everyone gets a headache from time to time and an occasional headache is not real cause for concern. However if your headaches start to occur more frequently it is a warning sign that you need to make some changes in your life.

Probably these are things you really already know, such as you should get more sleep, exercise more, make more time for relaxation, modify your diet, drink more fluids and so on. Perhaps your post is a problem or a stuffy office environment.

However, if you are like most people, you ignore this warning. Instead you just put up with the pain until it goes away and then continue on with your life as before. But if you do not do anything to correct the factors that are provoking your headaches, they will always return.

What would you do if the pain starts to get much worse than before? Most people would take some sort of over-the-counter (OTC) painkiller and again ignore the warning signs. However this is a bit like turning up the car radio so you can not hear the strange noise in the engine – it is likely to lead to problems further down the track.

It is easy to become trapped in a vicious cycle of ever worsening headache attacks and increasing reliance on painkillers to get through your week.

If this cycle lasts for long enough you may end up with “rebound / medication overuse headache”. You are much more at risk of this happening if you tend to take a pain-killer when you do not have a headache “in case” you get one.

Rebound / medication overuse headache is a well-known effect of regular long-term use of all the common OTC and prescription pain-killers for headache pain. The trouble is that, to you, it will not look like it is the pain-killers that are actually causing your pain. It will just seem like your heads are happening much more often than they used to.

Maybe you now start to avoid various activities in case they provoke an attack. Unfortunately this fear and anxiety can make head attacks more likely and the pain a lot worse, so it tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If you have always suffered from severe episodes of migraine you need to be especially careful to avoid the medication overuse trap.

You also need to be aware of the very real possibility of side effects. All medications, including OTC medicines, have side effects and these become more likely with prolonged use or high dosages. Just because you can purchase a medication without a prescription does not make it harmless.

Serious side effects of long-term use of OTC and prescription pain-killers include gastrointestinal tract bleeding and ulcers, and irreversible damage to the liver and kidneys which in some instances can be fatal. These side effects can sometimes occur even if the recommended dose is not exceeded.

So do not ignore the warning signs that your body is providing you. The worst thing you can do is hope that your pain goes away or even worse become reliant on pain-killers for relief. The only way to overcome your headache and migraine pain is correct the factors that provoke your pain.

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4 Reasons Why Painkillers Can Make Your Headache and Migraine Pain Worse

Frequent headaches can really reduce your quality of life but pain-killers are not the answer.

Pain of any sort is not any fun, but headache pain can stop you thinking clearly. Even a reliably mild headache makes it more difficult to do your work properly and just getting through your daily routine starting to become an effort.

But a large headache can stop you dead in your tracks and render you unable to function normally. And if the pain is accompanied by typical migraine symptoms of nausea and vomiting then probably all you will be able to manage to do is to go home and collapse into bed.

What makes it harder is that you often do not get much sympathy or understanding from those around you, unless they are also badly affected by headaches. Because headaches are extremely common they may be seen as “normal” and not a “proper illness.”

Even our language tends to trivialize headache pain as in the expression “a real headache” for some annoying or difficult problem.

And a headache may seen as an excuse to avoid responsibility or something you do not feel like doing, as in the well-worn cliché “Not tonight dear, I have a headache” for avoiding sex in a relationship.

If you suffer lots of headaches, and particularly if they are severe, it is easy to feel helpless not knowing when a headache will strike again or how to stop it from returning. Headaches can appear in the day or the dead of night.

One time, a headache might hit during a stressful crunch to meet deadlines at work, another may occur in the middle of an uneventful day, and yet another during a pleasurable activity.

The cause of your headaches can look like a complete mystery.

All of this makes you an easy target for shrewd marketing campaigns by the pharmaceutical industry with their TV commercials promoting “a quick fix” for your headache pain.

It is tempting just to reach for a pain-killer to numb the pain. While this is understandable and OK every now and then, it is most certainly not a good idea on a long-term basis for the following reasons:

1. You are only masking the symptoms , not treating the underlying factors that are provoking your headache. Only by understanding and correcting these factors can you can ever hope to be free of headache pain.

2. You are actually likely to make your headaches much worse. Instead of occurring sometimes several times a month, they now occur much more frequently, often daily, and the pain is more severe and longer-lasting. This is known as a rebound headache or medication overuse headache.

3. All medications have side effects. Serious side effects of long-term use of headache painkillers include damage to the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys.

4. By relying on a pill, you perpetuate your feeling of helplessness. It seems like heads are controlling your life and there is nothing you can do about it. If you unravel the factors that are provoking your headaches, you will restore your feeling of being in control of your life, and this may go some of the way towards actually alleviating your headaches.

It is encouraging to know that there are genuine alternatives to painkillers. Trigger point therapy, diaphragmatic breathing and reducing your stress levels are just a few examples.

The only way to avoid the serious side effects of long-term painkiller use, developing a rebound headache or the feeling of helplessness is to treat the cause of your pain and not just the symptoms.

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What Is a “Normal” Headache?

What's a Normal Headache?

Headaches-Migraines – This is really one of the more frustrating things that I hear in practice. When someone tells me about their “normal headache”. I remember having conversations with friends who used to describe their heads as a normal part of their day, with the expectation that everyone just has their head hurt on a daily basis.

From a physiology standpoint, it would seem silly and completely maladaptive for the human body to make head pain a normal part of body's day to day functions.

How do you know what type of headache you have? What type of treatments are best for each headache? We'll break all of that down today.

Tension Headaches

These are the most common headboards, and what most people classify as a “Normal Headache”. This type is known for having a band like compression around the temples, forehead, or back of the head. Many people call this a stress headache because it is exacerbated by a person's response to stressful situations. These headings are typically mechanical in nature (tight muscles, associated with neck pain)

There is a lot of variation in the duration and intensity of this type of headache. Even though the pain can become severe (as high as a 8 or 9/10 on the pain scale), the lack of neurological symptoms implying that the nature of the headache has a different origin.

Most people control these headaches with massage, over the counter medications, and conventional chiropractic to provide short-term relief. Things like Yoga and stress management techniques are also popular treatments.

Migraine Headaches

A severe headache is NOT the same as a migraine. It's important to recognize this because the nature of a migraine headache goes beyond mechanical dysfunction. Migraines are characterized by abnormalities in blood flow to the brain, which creates some distinct neurological symptoms. Most migraines feature:

– Severe headache
– Sensitivity to light
– Aura and other visual disturbances
– Nausea
– Pins and needle sensation
– Post headache hangover

Treatments usually go beyond over the counter medications. Drugs like Imitrix is ​​used during attacks and preventative medications like propanolol are used to reduce occurrences. Botox injections are also an emerging therapy of choice for many doctors. Lifestyle control includes caffeine management.

Other headaches

Of course there are several other types of headaches. Things like cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and trigeminal nerve pain fall into the spectrum of common headaches. Another emerging class of headache include those that come from chronic use of pain medication, which has led to a search for new drugs or non-drug therapies to try to manage this common debilitating problem.

The truth is, because headaches are experienced differently by so many people, it might be best to figure out where headaches have a commonality.

The Craniocervical Junction and the Trigeminal Nucleus

The craniocervical junction is a fancy term for where the head meets the neck. A tremendous amount of research is going on in this part of the body because of how big a role it plays on the brain and overall neurology. One of the things that they have found is that this part of the body has a big influence on a part of the spinal cord called the trigeminal nucleus.

The trigeminal nucleus is where the nerve cells exist that provide innervation for head, neck, face, jaw, the brain's outer covering, and the blood vessels of the brain. Here's a surprising fact:

The brain itself does not feel pain

When you feel pain in your head, it is coming from brain's outer covering called the meninges, and the blood vessels. All of these structures feed into the trigeminal nucleus and this piece of anatomy tells our brain what it should feel.

Symetry Matters

In the world of Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we find that symmetry of the upper cervical spine matters. When you lose your normal structural symmetry of the spine, then the trigeminal nucleus is less likely to work properly. That's why headache patients usually respond so quickly to this unique type of care.

Of course it may not help every person with headaches. The truth is that headaches can be affected by tumors, chemicals, and even food for some select cases. However, a gross majority of the population's headings are likely secondary to a structural shift of the head and neck.

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What Are The Types Of Migraine And How To Treat Them?

Health specialists in the US and Australia attribute the concern statistics to the predominately unhealthy lifestyle that most people have nowdays which is composed of a poor diet, stressful daily demands, and lack of schedule regularity.

Aside from these, there are other known migraine triggers, such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors or perfumes, smoking or exposure to smoke, alcohol consumption, menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, hormone fluctuations during the onset of menopause, foods containing tyramine, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates, and other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products and fermented or pickled foods. However, doing without these triggers rarely offers consistent results (many just prefer to be on the safe side and avoid or minimize exposure to or consumption of the triggers), which only goes to show how complicated migraine could be.

Migraine comes in two different types, the first one being migraine with aura. This basically means that the condition has neurological symptoms commonly in the form of visual disturbances like blind spots, colored spots, stars, flashing lights before the eyes, tunnel vision, temporary blindness, and zigzag lines.

Other symptoms include dizziness, numbness, weakness and vertigo (fainting, paralysis, confusion, etc.). Migraine with aura is often described as the earlier stage of a migraine; it usually just lasts an hour, but is often followed by the second type of migraine, which is worse. The second one is migraine without aura, which is what about 80 percent of migraine sufferers really complains about. The pain is concentrated in the front of the head, on one or both sides of the temples. This is the type of headache that can linger for days (up to 72 hours) and really render people useless because it's pain combined with a myriad of vestibular symptoms which include nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, unsteadiness, and extreme sensitivity to movement, light and sounds. Whether you frequently suffer the former or the latter type, one thing's for sure: The occurrence of migraine can compromise your life. Therefore, it's crucial to get appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

There are prescription drugs that you can get, but they are not consistent in alleviating the symptoms. There are other options to try which are safer and non-toxic. It's important to mention that pain specialists stress that there's no cure for migraine, but methods to reduce frequency of occurrence and pain management are present.

Moving, stretching and manipulating the spine have proven to be an effective preventive treatment for migraines. Studies conducted on the efficacy of chiropractic treatment reveal that migraine sufferers report minimal pain and fewer attacks after receiving regular treatments. At the same time, those who were taking medication no longer needed to comply with the prescribed dosage and frequency because pain was more manageable and occurred less frequently. Click here to know more.

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Migraine Causes With 2 Ideas to Prevent Them!

Today I'm going to share with a few of the most common migraine causes and a few ideas to prevent this problem. Nearly everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their life. A migraine is different than a headache and usually has a few other symptoms. A person with a migraine may feel disoriented and dizzy like they are intoxicated. This person may nauseous, sensitive to light or noises. The main differences between the two is that someone can function with a headache, but if someone has a migraine they usually have to go a dark room and lie down until they feel better.

The human brain is a very complicated piece of machinery, so as humans we still do not fully grasp everything it does and there before the exact causes of a migraine is not known. There are a variety of theories and a very popular one that that a migraine is created by a blood vessel in the brain becoming very thin or large. Another idea on what causes this painful condition has to do with the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls pain it does make sense that it might be responsible for this problem.

One thing that experts who study the brain do agree on is that certain triggers can cause this condition. I think we can all agree that stress can play a role with migraines. In fact believe it or not stress can play a big role with your immune system and learning to manage it can really help you. Menstration could be a trigger as well as changes to hormone levels or sleep. Next up what you eat can bring about this ailment. Certain foods could be a trigger such as caffeine, smoking, skipping meals and even the weather might be a cause.

A great idea to prevent this problem is to locate the triggers through a diary. Right after a migraine attack write down what the day was like and what you ate. If you find a pattern then you can remove the trigger and ovoid this problem. A second idea to prevent this problem is through dietary supplements. A deficiency in magnesium has been linked to this condition and taking a quality multivitamin can be very helpful.

To sum everything the leading migraine causes are changes to a blood vessel or problems with the nervous system. Usually there are triggers such as food, stress or hormones that cause this ailment. A person can prevent this problem through keeping a diary, discovering the triggers and eliminating them. Another idea to prevent this problem is by taking a quality multivitamin supplement.

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Struggling With Headaches? Here Are 2 Things Your Doctor Might Not Have Checked.

Ever feel like your head is splitting open? Headaches can be very debilitating. Many times a new patient will say to me, “Oh, that's my normal headache.” Headaches may be common for many people, but they are never normal. Pain is your body's signal that something is injured or not functioning properly.

There are many different forms and causes of heads, including but not limited to:

  • Dehydration
  • Muscle Tension
  • Low blood sugar
  • Neck Problems
  • Stress
  • Not enough sleep
  • Trauma
  • Caffeine, or caffeine deficiency
  • Hormonal Imbalance

As you can see there are many different factors to consider. One thing that all headache sufferers have in common is that they have a spine and nervous system.

When the upper neck bones are shifted and / or not moving properly the joints, nerves, and muscles in that area become irritated and painful causing headaches and neck pain. What many people find interesting is that your pain may be felt one place but is being caused by a problem somewhere else.

This is called a reported pain. Most people are familiar with this concept of referred pain as it relates to heart attacks but there are also pain referral patterns with many neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

There are over 30 different muscles, nerves, and joints in the upper neck area that can cause pain anywhere from the upper back and shoulders to the front of the forehead and around the eyes. Head to the website listed below to see a picture of these pain referral patterns.

In addition, many headache and neck pain sufferers have a loss of the normal curve in the neck (known as cervical hypolordosis). You see it every day as people look at their cell phones with their heads kinked down or hunched over work stations. It is important that correction of this problem goes deeper than merely correcting posture. Do not get me wrong good post is very important; however, someone can have great posture when observed externally and still have these structural curve changes. It's just like how a car can look perfectly fine from the outside but then you find out that the frame is bent.

Many times we will see a new patient who has tried some treatments in the past that work for a short time but then the pain always comes back at some point. In most instances of reoccurring headaches and neck pain it is the curve correction part of the treatment that was missing in order to achieve a lasting full improvement. Most people with these problems get muscle tension and pain at the base of the skull and across the top of the shoulders. An understanding of the anatomy reveals that these muscles are being stretched as a result of the curve changes and they become painful as they react to these changes. Correcting the curve problem and poor spinal biomechanics takes the stress off certain parts of the head and spine and requires the muscles from continuously trying to pull the head back. There are specific chiropractic adjustments and protocols that must be done to make this curve correction.

A thorough examination and assessment of your headaches and neck pain will reveal what specifically is causing the problem in your case.

As with most topics there is much more that could be considered and discussed. I just wanted to shed some light on an ongoing problem in many people's lives. This is a problem that many people are suffering needlessly with when they could be helped.

Stay tuned for future posts where I will reveal some helpful tips that will help correct back pain, neck pain, and headaches, even while you have to sit all day. Become one of the millions that benefit from chiropractic adjustments every year!

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Best Ways Of Stopping Migraines

Regular migraines, depending on their severity can make it impossible for a person to live a normal life and pursue their daily activities. Some health experts believe that migraines are neurological disorders that are triggered by a number of factors, which when set off, start a chain reaction within the brain resulting in severe pain. Several symptoms that are associated with migraines are nauseous, throbbing pain in the head, vomiting and sensitivity to sound or light among others. This painful condition is common among many people around the world with majority of them being women aged twenty to fifty that multi-task a lot on a daily basis. Fortunately, there is a lot of information online and in a number of printed material that give advice on how to stop a migraine.

Although many migraine sufferers focus on finding solutions that will alleviate the pain, it is important to take preventative measures against its advance to a full blown condition. The best way to prevent the development of migraines is to maintain normal habits and try to avoid getting into stressful situations. Some of the habits that are encouraged include eating regular meals that consist of all the important nutrients needed for the body to function normally. Sleeping well and at a particular time daily without oversleeping also reduces the chances of suffering a migraine. Furthermore, regular exercise helps promote good health and encourages a lifestyle that reduces headaches.

All the same, if you are already suffering from migraines then the only choice left is to find the best way to stop them for destabilizing your life. When looking for the best ways on how to stop a migraine, there are a number of options to consider such as lifestyle changes, medication or natural treatments.

Lifestyle changes involve taking lots of rest in a room that is dark and quiet as soon as the pain caused by the migraine begins. Also, tilting the head from side to side to stretch the neck gives it some relief as the muscles stretch and relax the whole body. On the other hand, natural treatments such as herbs and supplements have also been known to stop migraines or reduce their occurrence. Some of these treatments that are nature based include ginger which reduces nausea, a common symptom of migraines and also lessens severity of migraines. Other natural supplements are riboflavin that minimizes the frequency of the migraines and magnesium which relieves the throbbing pain that is often associated with the condition.

An additional alternative of stopping migraines is through the use of medication which is usually effective and brings a lot of relief. It is advisable that the drugs are taken as soon as possible, which is in the initial half an hour of noticing the symptoms of migraines. However, it is important that the medication be prescribed by a qualified physician to ensure that it is effective and safe. Some of the well known medications for the condition are anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and triptans which compress the blood vessels resulting in reduced pain.

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Migraine Headaches: Identifying the Cause

Migraine headaches are among the most debilitating and dreadful neurological problems that exist. They may not be fatal, but the effect on someone's quality of life can be dramatic. Imagine having days where the sight of light cripples you. Imagine having terrible nausea, and a constant pounding in your head so bad that you wish that someone would just cut the darn thing off your neck. Imagine that pain lasting for hours or even days at a time.

You probably already know that feeling, and you've almost certainly been in the same room as someone going through a migraine attack. Fortunately, most people experience a migraine on rare occasion. However, there are those among us that experience these terrible headaches several times a month, and others even experience them on a DAILY basis.

This is the typical life of a chronic migraine patient in my office. Many times these patients have seen several headache specialists. They've seen the best neurologists that the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic have to offer, and have been through every MRI and brain scan available. They've tried several different medication regiments, altered their diets, and spend their lives in fear of triggers like meat, wine, and sometimes caffeine.

Many have even tried alternative therapies like acupuncture and conventional chiropractic with no change.

When they finally sit down and speak with me, they've been suffering for years, and almost numb to the fact that they have constant pain in the head. Some look a little pale, others need the lights off in the office, and some even come in wearing sun glasses. All of them are a little doubtful and skeptical that their condition can be cured.

Less Focus on Cure, More Focus on Cause

When most people walk into a doctor's office with an ailment, what they are most often searching for is a cure. Although migraines are generally common, and have been around for centuries, a cure has been elusive for the millions of patients suffering on a daily basis. Over the counter migraine medications are usually a first line of treatment, followed by prescription medications like Imitrex and Treximet. There is also a focus on removing triggers from a person's life like chocolate, caffeine, and certain scents / perfumes.

The truth is that headaches (especially migraines) can not be treated as a simplistic disease that is the same in all people. Headaches are a dynamic entity with causes that are multifactorial. Instead of looking at a migraine as a disease entity, it should be seen as a symptom of a neurophysiological process gone haywire.

The Trigeminocervical Complex: The Pain Gate Keeper of the Head / Neck

Do not get hung up on the terminology, the name is not important for the casual reader. It is important to understand that near the top part of your spinal cord. In the area surrounded by your top 3 neck vertebra is a very important bundle of nerve cells. These specific nerve cells filter incoming signals from the outer covering of the brain known as meninges. They also filter incoming signals from the blood vessels of the brain, as well as signals that come from the neck.migraine

You see, the brain does not have any receptors that trigger pain. It's kind of crazy to think about, but it's true. However, the outer protective covering of the brain, and the blood vessels are very pain sensitive. When the receptors from these structures get set off, then a cascade of events can take place leading to the blood vessels in the brain opening up and becoming inflamed.

It's important that we have 'filters' like the trigeminocervical complex around to make sure that not every pain signal gets to the brain. In that way, it acts like a gatekeeper. If it let every pain signal through, you would be in a state of pain without end.

So what went wrong with the built-in gate keeper of pain to the brain?

The normal alignment and movement of the head and neck serve as a buffer to pain signals that go into the gate keeper. When you lose the normal alignment, several things can happen.

Blood flow in and out of the brain is compromised
Inflammatory molecules stay in the brain's blood supply longer
Muscles and ligaments of the neck mis-fire
Low grade inflammation persists in the joints of the neck
Small muscles in the neck may pull against the brain's outer covering

When this happens, you have an environment where the trigeminocervical nucleus can get overloaded with pain signals without the buffer of signals from normal head and neck movement. All of a sudden, a seemingly harmless trigger can send someone with a tendency towards migraines that can be sent in a downward spiral of a pounding headache.

Correction not Cure

In our office our focus is correcting the Structural positioning of the head and neck rather than curing migraine headaches. The truth is that Structural Correction has benefits that go beyond treating or curing a specific illness or disease. Correction of Atlas Displacement does one thing, and only one thing:

It mobilizes the self-healing, self-restoring potential within your own body.

If we believe that our bodies were meant to be healthy, pain-free, and vibrant, then we must only find what is inhibiting the body's self-healing potential.

The cure is already inside of you, and the best doctor in the world is the one that resides in between your 2 ears: a fully functional and healthy brain.

Because maybe the illness was just all in your head after all.

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Why Magnesium Benefits the Body ?

Magnesium deficiency in humans was first described in Medical Literature in 1934. I think we've been on the downhill slide ever since. 57% of the US population does not meet the US RDA (Required Daily Allowance) for dietary intake of Magnesium. I have read more recent studies citing 70-80% deficiencies of magnesium. Why the big concern?

The National Institute of Health (NIH) lists magnesium as being necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. This vital mineral aids in producing energy inside the cells. This mineral works hand in hand with calcium. Calcium makes the muscles contract while magnesium helps the muscles relax. So magnesium helps relieve muscle cramping and spasms, relieves colic and spastic bowel conditions and helps prevent heart attacks.

Combine magnesium with vitamin B6 and you can treat most of PMS symptoms along with dissolving calcium oxalate kidney stones.

But watch that calcium intake in supplement form. Over consumption of calcium can actually contribute to magnesium deficiency.

We've talked about your body being over acidic before on these pages and that is no different here in magnesium deficiency. Magnesium along with potassium are the first minerals to be lost in an over-acid condition of the body. Remember we want to keep our bodies in the 7.3 ph range on the ph scale. When we get below that number we are susceptible to disease and or worse. Alcohol, diuretics, diarrhea, fluoride, and vitamin D can depletes the body of magnesium.

How do I know if I am Magnificent deficient? Well odds are you probably are. But your Doctor can tell by giving you a standard serum magnesium blood test.

Conditions that might prevail if you are strictly magnesium deficient are many but I will list a few here. Abdominal Pain and Inflammation, Adrenals (exhaustion, weakness and burnout). Angina, Anxiety, Arrhythmia and Arthritis. Colon (spastic), Confusion. Cramps (leg and menstrual).

This list is long and goes on and on. Many, many people have magnesium deficiencies

Migraines, if your migraines are accompanied by muscular tension or cramping. Anything that feels too tight. Constipation, heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia or fatigue. Magnesium deficiency may be a factor.

Always stay very hydrated with water, alkaline water if you can find it and watch whatever else you drink.

Soda is your worst enemy in today's world. Have a beer instead it's actually better for you. Too many people consume several Soda's a Day. You can not drink enough water or even alkaline water to combat the acid content of even two sodas. You would have to drink 800 Oz's of Alkaline Water just to get your body back to where was (ph wise) prior to drinking those two sodas.

Now wonder so many people get colds and the flu! Our Society's Immune systems are at an all-time low here in America. Yes Magnesium deficiency along with Iodine deficiencies are at epic levels here in the USA but what are we doing about it? Nothing that I can see from our Health Care Industry!

Health Care today is all about what drug can I prescribe for you to take care of that symptom? What was the cause of your condition? No one cares today.

A good general Vitamin and Mineral supplement Program will do wonders for your health. It's like you mechanic says. “Pay me now or pay me later”.

In the End we all pay one way or another. It's the quality of life that I look for in myself and my peers.

By: Jack A Erb

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