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Headache and Migraines
What is a headache?
What are the causes of headaches?
There are two types of headaches: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are not associated with (caused by) other diseases. Examples of primary headaches are migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by associated disease. The associated disease may be minor or serious and life threatening.
Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headache; as many as 90% of adults have had or will have tension headaches. Tension headaches are more common among women than men.
Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache. An estimated 28 million people in the United States (about 12% of the population) will experience migraine headaches. Migraine headaches affect children as well as adults. Before puberty, boys and girls are affected equally by migraine headaches, but after puberty, more women than men are affected. An estimated 6% of men and up to 18% of women will experience a migraine headache.
Cluster headaches are a rare type primary headache, affecting 0.1% of the population. An estimated 85% of cluster headache sufferers are men. The average age of cluster headache sufferers is 28-30 years, although headaches may begin in childhood.
Secondary headaches have diverse causes, ranging from serious and life threatening conditions such as brain tumors, strokes, meningitis, and subarachnoid hemorrhages to less serious but common conditions such as withdrawal from caffeine and discontinuation of analgesics.
Many people suffer from "mixed" headache disorders in which tension headaches or secondary headaches trigger migraine headaches.
There’s a connection between poor posture and headache frequency. There is a definite association between neck pain and both migraine and tension-type headaches. The head is essentially a 10-pound structure. If it’s not balanced on the top of your neck and shoulders, it can certainly aggravate the cervical spine and trigger muscle tension and tightness. This can lead to spasms or the development of headaches.
Doctors now believe that there’s also a connection between neck pain and migraines. Recently they learned that migraine, as opposed to arising from blood vessel or vascular problems, appears to arise from neurological origins. The structure that processes pain in the head that’s inside the brain—the relay center for pain— also relays pain signals from the upper neck. That’s why doctors believe that irritation in the neck and upper shoulder area—the cervical region—can trigger migraines too.
There are two major groupings of nerves that affect the head and upper torso. When tight muscles impinge on these nerves, it can lead to headaches; breathing difficulties; and/or neck, shoulder, chest, arm, wrist or hand pain.
In other words, sometimes the area where you feel the pain may not be the actual source of the pain. For example, tightness at the base of your skull may be affecting nerve flow that you feel as a headache or as pain in your shoulder or upper arm.
The Majority of All Headaches and Migraines Are Caused By Six Little Muscles Located At the Base of Your Skull
The muscles at the base of your skull become so tight that they start to cause all kinds of physiological changes in your body that you ultimately perceive as pain.
How many of you have gone to your doctor because you have had headache pain and your doctor proceeded to ask you a bunch of questions in an attempt to "classify" your headache pain?
How many of you have taken your medications, received some type of side effects like feeling groggy or nauseous yet still have your headache?
90% of all headaches are caused by muscle tension
So what is the best way to permanently getting rid of your headache?
Well, in our experience it is NOT through the use of medication.
Your headache did not come about from a deficiency of the medication that your doctor prescribed.
Medical Massage Treatment
The good news is that your therapeutic massage sessions help to get rid of your headache and migraine. Massage therapy is applied to balance your neck, upper back and shoulders muscles.
On the first visit the therapist evaluates the patient by screening gait patterns and measuring the positioning of the body to determine musculoskeletal distortion, biomechanical dysfunction and soft tissue pathology that causes these patterns. An exacting analysis of proper posture and biomechanics explains the cause and effect relationship to pain. Once we know how your body works, we can determine the reason why you have pain and the other symptoms.
Then the therapist develops a treatment plan that is based on the knowledge of your body. We don’t guess, we know how to treat you because of exact analysis of your body and understanding of your problem. Your therapeutic massage treatment is custom designed for you because we apply pressure and specific techniques that are unique only for your body. That’s why our massage treatment for your Headache and Migraine in Holistic Medical Massage Clinic is effective and different from others.
Once the body is balanced, the patient is able to restore an efficient way for energy to move. Free energy is used by the body to work more efficiently and improves all physiological activities.