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Headache pain can be debilitating.
It can alter your vision, impede your ability to function at work and home, and even drive those affected to thoughts of suicide. What’s worse is that there is very little understanding about what causes headache pain and most medications fail to stop it from occurring.
However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the frequency and intensity of headache pain or even stop it altogether.
What Causes Headache Pain To Occur
There are dozens of different types of headaches. There are also dozens of different triggers that can cause headache pain to occur.
A few of the common causes of headache pain are:
- High Blood Pressure
- Tight Neck Muscles
- Vision Problems
- Lack of Good Nutrition
- A Tumor
- Many Types of Medication
- Birth Control Pills
- Too Much Sugar
- Lack of Sleep
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Spinal Subluxation
- Trauma to the Head or Spine
- Emotional and Chemical Stress
- A Concussion
- And Many Health Problems in General
Even many over-the-counter drugs that are commonly used for headache relief can cause the very pain you’re trying to eradicate.
Regardless of what triggers headache pain to appear, most people feel it arise in either the forehead or the back of the head/neck. Pain that begins in the forehead often has its origin in a hormonal or chemical imbalance. This can be an effect of diet, disease, hormonal imbalance, toxic chemicals, or emotional stress.
Headache pain that begins in the back of the head or neck is usually caused by muscle tension. If you often feel like you need to have someone massage your neck or shoulders, this might be the reason you are having headache pain.
Finding Natural Relief From Headache Pain
Typically, headache pain caused by chemical or hormonal imbalances start in the forehead and can be controlled by strict adherence to the following:
- Eliminating toxic substances in the diet like caffeine, sugar, sugar substitutes, wheat, grains, soy, and even many unnecessary prescription drugs.
- Adding a few simple supplements to your daily nutrition intake like Vitamin D and Omega 3 Oil.
- Making sure you’re getting enough water, sleep, and exercise.
- Finding ways to relieve stress daily.
- Making sure your vision is properly monitored and corrected by a professional.
- Doing everything possible to achieve optimal fitness and wellness throughout life.
The key here is to live as “cleanly” as possible. 80% of the diet should be plant-based, fresh, and raw. Leafy green vegetables are wonderful at providing the body with good nutrition. Any unnatural substances, even such as food additives and preservatives, can wreak havoc on body chemistry and cause headache pain to arise.
Headache Pain Caused By Muscle Tension
Many headache sufferers report a tightening/cramping of neck muscles prior to headache pain actually appearing. Neck muscles will tighten in response to a few different scenarios:
- The body is attempting to protect joints or nerves in the neck from being damaged or impinged. In this case, the vertebrae are misaligned and the muscle spasms are a mechanism of protection.
- Physical stress caused by bad posture while studying or at work, stomach sleeping, spinal misalignment, loss of normal curves in the cervical spine, trauma, falls, whiplash that has never been corrected, etc.
- Mental stress caused by worry, anxiety, fear, or unresolved past emotional trauma will trigger muscles to tighten as part of the “fight-or-flight” response. In this case, you will suddenly realize during daily activities that you are clenching your jaw or unconsciously sitting with shoulders raised.
- Chemical stress from toxic fumes, alcohol, additives and preservatives, many medications, smoking, sugar, caffeine, and all other unnatural substances that are ingested.
All of the previous advice is applicable for relieving headache pain caused by muscle tension, but a few more important tips can make all the difference. The goal is to relax tightening muscles in the neck and upper back before headache pain appears. Doing so can prevent a full-blown attack.
- Chiropractic has shown remarkable effectiveness in controlling and eliminating headache pain caused by vertebral subluxation and tight muscles. Find one that wants to adjust you, not hook you up to all kinds of machines.
- A good massage therapist can also be very beneficial. We’re all aware of the amazing effects of a fantastic massage.
- A neck traction pillow can help restore the normal neck curvature and put the cervical spine in a more natural position thus allowing tight muscles to relax.
- Curamin is known for its anti-inflammatory effect, and many people get fast headache pain relief from its use. It’s a safe and effective alternative to dangerous drugs like NSAIDs and Acetaminophen.
Whatever your experience with headache pain, there is hope. Give some of our recommendations a try and let us know how you progress.