At some point in time, nearly all individuals suffer from headaches. However, the manner in which headaches manifest themselves can be different: some individuals experience discomfort in a particular area of their head, some feel nauseated while others complain about a pounding sensation in their head. The pain may be dull or sharp, and may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
Headaches can be primary – where no underlying condition causes the headache – or secondary – where an underlying disorder, for example, tinnitus, is the primary cause of the headache. Fortunately, even if a complication causes the headache, it is not usually severe. This article discusses natural remedies for headaches as recommended by Arlington Chiropractors.
What exactly causes Headaches?
Many factors lead to the development of headache: discomfort in the head muscles, blood vessels in the brain, and the network of nerves that are distributed over the scalp, in the mouth, throat, and face. Different types of headaches have different diagnoses, based on their symptoms.
Natural Remedies for Headaches
Research suggests that chiropractic care is extremely useful for relieving tension headaches – especially those originating in the neck. According to a report released in 2001 at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, spinal manipulations can calm headaches that originate in the neck. In addition, these manipulations have fewer side effects and provide a solution that is long lasting when compared to the common types of prescribed medication.
Paying Attention to the Neck
The neck is among the primary causes of headaches. Spending too many hours in a fixed position, for instance, in front of a desk, the television, a computer, standing or even inadequate sleep exacerbates neck pain. The human body is meant to be mobile; as a result, poor posture, or leading a sedentary lifestyle can make people ignore their bodies’ calls for movement, which results in habitual postural decline. A headache is the alarm that the body sounds when it feels that it really needs to be adjusted.
One can alleviate headaches caused by immobility by taking breaks after every one hour – or 30 minutes – that is spent sitting down or in a fixed position. It is recommended that one should spend breaks stretching the head and neck through a relaxed range of motion, and doing low-impact exercises such as walking.
Keep the Brain Healthy
The brain is cushioned within one’s skull by the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which reduces its weight by 20%. Maintaining the amount of CSF within a certain limit is essential: too much of it compresses the brain while too little of it causes the brain to descend into the base of the skull. Although sleeping in a horizontal position reduces the efficiency of brain movement, it gives the energy-consuming CSF a chance to recuperate, and takes the weight of the brain off the base of the skull.
In essence, sleeping more allows the mind to maintain healthy CSF levels while reducing stress at the same time and improving cognition. It also reduces the rate at which one ages. Cranial manipulations, where a Chiropractor in Arlington Tx uses light touch on areas of a person’s face and head, relieves head discomfort as well.