Headaches and Migraines
What about headaches?
Do you suffer with chronic headaches? What kind of headaches are they?
There are countless “triggers” for headaches, but just a few “causes” Let’s take a look at a few.
• The Common Denominator
It has been estimated that as many as 23 million people in the United States today are chronic migraine sufferers. Migraines can come on at any time in the course of a lifetime; however the teen years generally mark the onset for many sufferers. Some 10% of all men and 20% of all women in this country have experienced or frequently suffer from migraine headaches.
Technically, a migraine headache is defined as a headache on one side of the head as they usually begin behind one or both eyes. Migraines are often “triggered” (not caused) by blood sugar changes, allergies, hormonal changes, stress and fatigue; and they may last anywhere from eight hours to three days. The pain has been described as either a dull throbbing overall ache or a severe “ice pick-like,” sharp pain which rapidly becomes disabling for the sufferer. Nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances are very common with migraines.
Classical Migraines comprise about 10-15% of all cases and are usually accompanied by a visual disturbance which is commonly referred to as an aura. Sufferers can tell when a migraine is coming on as they start to experience brightly colored lights flashing, or shadows across their field of vision. Common Migraines (no aura) account for the remaining 85% of all cases and the intensity can be just as severe. Migraine sufferers often seek out a quiet, dark place to rest and ride it out. Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic is essential to the remove the cause of most migraine headaches.
Roughly 75% of all chronic headaches fall into the category of tension headaches and they fall into two categories: Acute and Chronic. Tension headaches are most commonly related to excessive bodily stress and fatigue. Overworking, long-hours of computer or detailed work, late nights, intense mental or emotional concentration etc. are common triggers for tension headaches.
Acute tension headaches are usually temporary headaches and are promptly alleviated by rest, relaxation, or common over-the-counter pain medications. Chronic tension headaches, on the other hand, are noted by frequent or ongoing episodes. Nagging, daily headaches are not uncommon for chronic sufferers. Chronic tension headaches do not respond as readily as acute headaches to traditional analgesics, and oftentimes more aggressive measures are needed. Again Atlas Orthogonal procedures have proven to be the most effective, long term preventative measure and remedy for tension headache sufferers.
Headaches clearly can be triggered by changes in body chemistry. Things like stress, dietary fluctuations, aging, and menstrual changes can affect normal body chemistry. Throwing off the balance in your body can certainly affect your overall functioning. The word “trigger” rather than “cause” is used here intentionally, though. You may miss a meal or experience a change in your cycle and still not suffer a headache. These events do not cause headaches but rather trigger them. Underlying causes are something much different. The cause is what an Atlas Orthogonist is looking for. Removing the cause of headaches (nerve irritation) will result in the subsequent disappearance of the symptoms.
The pain associated with cluster headaches is reportedly the most severe level of pain that people can endure. Cluster headaches are usually vascular(blood supply) in origin, occur in fewer than 1% of true headache patients, and are 5 times more common among men than women. Symptoms include blood-shot eyes, nasal congestion or bleeding, unconsciousness, mental confusion and depression and suicide.
The Common Denominator
The events and symptoms associated with the various types of headaches described above, undoubtedly trigger headaches, but they in and of themselves are not the actual causes.
Women who predictably have headaches for two or three days at the same time each month, have good reason to believe that hormone changes can cause headaches. However, clinical evidence demonstrates that these factors do not actually cause the headaches but rather they are triggers.
With nerve irritation in place, it doesn’t take much of a trigger to produce a painful symptom.
The cause (nerve irritation) is already in place in 95% of all headache cases. The cause is a condition identified as Cranio-cervical syndrome or Atlas Neuro-vascular Syndrome which is a misalignment of the first bone of the neck that irritates the brainstem, alters blood flow and nerve function between the brain and body. Cerebral spinal fluid flow through the pathway at the base of the skull, and return bloodflow from the head to the body can also be affected. Atlas Orthogonal is profoundly effective in the relief and prevention of headache pain, because it corrects the misalignment that causes nerve irritation and alterations to blood flow.