Why Headaches Aren’t an Issue

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Even though they are evil, they shouldn’t be viewed as an issue.

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Ten of the most common causes include:

  1. Subluxations — Miss alignment of the bones can put pressure and tension on the nerves and is considered by some as one of the major causes of headaches.
  2. Dehydration — The brain and muscles need fluid without an adequate level the body is thrown out of balance. Muscles will tense up, blood flow is affected and the body just won’t work correctly. Headaches can be a major sign of dehydration.
  3. Blood pressure — If a person's blood pressure is too high it can cause a thumping sensation. A higher than normal blood pressure puts pressure on the cranium and resulting vessels.
  4. Eye Strain — Too much screen time can cause eye strain likewise if you are a contact or spectacle wearer you may need to check if your current prescription is correct. Straining through a weak prescription can cause headaches.
  5. Excitotoxins — Ingredients hidden in your food can cause headaches. An example of this would be MSG which is well known to cause headaches. Studies have shown that glutamate antagonists reduce headaches which have prompted more studies on the glutamatergic system and its effects on headaches.
  6. Muscular tensions — Tensions in a person's muscles can cause headaches as blood flow is restricted.
  7. Cervical curve — If there is injury, tension, or degenerative changes to the cervical region of the spine it can result in headaches and migraines. People can suffer from cervicogenic headaches from standing in their jobs for too long — hairdressers, for example, looking down at their mobiles, from a previous injury, or through other spinal conditions.
  8. Toxicity — Slow expulsion of foods and constipation can cause headaches. Likewise, any allergens, or substances which the body deems to be toxic or unwanted can result in headaches and migraines too.
  9. Nutrition — Dieting, fasting, or any change in calorific intake can result in headaches also. Changes to blood sugar can cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia which can cause neuro-inflammation.
  10. Disease — When an organ or a bodily system does not function as it should and the internal system is under stress headaches can be the first symptom. Even before any sign of disease or an autoimmune condition is found.

9 Things to consider when the headache hits

  1. Did I get enough sleep / too much sleep last night?
  2. Have I had enough water? And I mean water and not fruit juices, energy drinks, and other sugar waters.
  3. How has my diet been lately? If it has been OK, how have my bowels moved? Slower than normal, quicker than normal? These can all be a cause.
  4. How has my back, neck, and shoulders felt lately? Have I been in awkward positions through study, work, hobbies, or injury? Do I slump more than normal?
  5. Are my hormones imbalanced? — PCOS, endometriosis, spots, hair changes, skin changes, menstruation, menopause, pregnancy can all create hormonal changes.
  6. If I truly consider my life at the moment, have I felt stressed? Stress can also alter hormones and trigger migraines and headaches.
  7. Do I clench my jaw or grind my teeth at night or throughout the day? This can cause tension, most people aren’t aware they do it. Unclench your jaw, take a deep breath and relax your shoulders — try to implement this process as a habit throughout the day.
  8. Have I had any infections? Cold, flu, sinus pain, throat, or chest pain? If so try cleaning out the sinuses with salt water to reduce the inflammatory mucus.
  9. Do I feel that my glasses are no longer allowing me to see clearly? Have you had your eyes tested at an optometrist within the last 2 years? If not, make an appointment.

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