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How can be combat headaches? What is the best headache relief treatment plan? Where do headaches come from?

At one point in their life, everyone is going to suffer from a headache, whether mild or stubborn. The majority of headaches are caused by emotional and physical stress. An important factor could also be an underlying illness such as sinusitis or the common cold. Even necessary dental work can cause headaches.

There are two major forms of headaches. One being tension headache, referring to pain areas in the front, the side or the back of the head. The other major form of headaches would be the migraine.

If headaches are severe and last for more than 72 hours, it is always best to see a doctor to rule out a possible more serious condition.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches or often caused by trigger points or muscular tightness in the neck and upper back area. These trigger points are felt as knots and are sensitive and quite painful to touch. There could be several reasons why these trigger points are formed, physical or emotional stress, overload of toxins, bad posture, unhealthy diet, etc. 

Migraine

A migraine headache refers to the pain in the head that can be moderate to intense. It is often accompanied by nausea or vomiting. The sufferer might also experience sensitivity to light or sound. The specific causes of Migraines are unknown. But it is thought that somebody who suffers from Migraines might carry the gene and therefore is susceptible to it.

Several aspects could start a migraine headache such as: emotional or physical stress, weather, hormones, postural imbalance and active trigger points in the neck and upper back/shoulder area.

Migraines have been reported in women more than in men. Even children can experience migraine headaches. To achieve headache relief from temporary to chronic migraines takes time. It is a time when the body is extremely sensitive and the necessary care has to be taken to make the healing experience a successful one. 

How can I get Headache Relief?

With stress being one of the major causes of headaches, a relaxation treatment plan, complimented with Massage Therapy and other preventive practices has been noted successful in achieving temporary to permanent headache relief.

I have included several suggestions below on how to fight headaches. But keep in mind. We are all individuals and respond differently to treatments. 

A hot sea salt water bath will relax tight muscles. If at all possible, this should be followed up with a relaxing massage. 

Other therapies that have been personally very successful in treating headaches include energy work such as Jin Shin Jyutsu , which is a non-invasive approach to healing. It releases blockages that cause pain or disharmony. 

An important aspect is also to stay hydrated. Healthy muscles need plenty of fluid. But our muscles are only one part of our body who starve for water. Every single cell depends on the appropriate amount of water to guarantee functionality. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. Research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. Even a 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory or difficulty focusing during easy to moderate tasks. 

Further, Deep Breathing Exercises promote relaxation and can be done anywhere, during a work break, in the bathtub, while watching TV or before falling asleep.

If the headaches are a cause due to postural imbalance a muscle training program, addressing the muscles of the upper back, complimented with Massage Therapy would be very beneficial to fight chronic headaches and prevent further ones. This doesn’t only increase blood circulation but enhances oxygen absorption and elimination of metabolic waste. Further it boosts the physical and mental well-being.

One important aspect of maintaining a healthy muscle is stretching on a daily basis. It helps us maintain a healthy and balanced muscle structure. For help and advice on appropriate stretches, please see a physical trainer or specially trained Massage Therapist or visit the stretching exercises page.

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