Monday, September 13, 2010

Headaches

It’s a fact, 28 million Americans suffer from migraines.

Of these people, 4.5 million have more than one attack per month. A quarter of the female population is affected and about eight in every hundred men.

Most children who get migraines, have at least one close family member who suffers from migraines too. If a child has one parent who suffers from migraines, they have a 50% chance of getting them too, if both are sufferers, this rises to 75%.

Most headaches are uncomfortable and sometimes disabling, and for the most part they are not dangerous. Most of them can be helped by regular chiropractic care.

Fasting may cause headaches, as a fasting person is likely to have very low blood sugar. But other factors, such as STRESS, pollution, noise, smoke, flashing lights and “certain types of food” may also cause headaches.

Lifestyle plays an important part in preventing headaches. If you don't smoke, don't drink excessively, get regular sleep, eat a healthy diet and get daily exercise, you are unlikely to SUFFER from headaches frequently, unless you have a CHIROPRACTIC problem.

Tension headaches fall in the category of Cervicogenic headaches (meaning “starting in the neck“) can affect anyone and is the most common form of headache. Tension headaches are often the result of neck and shoulder muscles going into spasm due to a misaligned vertebra in your neck. This pain can last for days, sometimes longer.

More men than women suffer from ‘cluster’ headaches. These are intense headaches that often occur at the same time every day or every few days. People who are heavy smokers or drinkers often suffer from cluster headaches.

Ice cream headaches are no myth – you really can get them from eating this frozen dessert. This is caused by the rapid cooling and then re-warming of the blood vessels in the upper palate. This activity is sensed by nearby pain receptors which then send those signals to the brain.

Even children get headaches, some well before the age of ten. Before puberty, headaches are more common in boys. Adult women get headaches four times more often than men do and these can be linked to hormonal fluctuations. In both men and women, the severity and frequency of headaches decline with advancing years.

Since the most common form of headaches begin in the neck, make sure you’re checked by a chiropractor if you have any type headaches. They can often be helped with regular chiropractic care.

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