Depression Headache

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Depression Headache

Depression is linked to both migraine headaches and non-migraine headaches, although the strongest relationship is between depression and migraines.
“People with migraines are two to three times as likely to have depression as the general population,” says Richard B. Lipton, MD, a professor and vice chairman of neurology and a professor of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. People who have chronic migraines — those who experience migraines 15 or more days of the month — are about twice as likely to have depression as people with episodic migraine, meaning those who experience migraines less than 15 days a month.

The research on migraines and depression shows that the relationship goes both ways: People with depression are more likely to get migraines, and people with migraines are more likely to become depressed. In fact, 40 percent of people with migraines also have depression. “Migraines and depression have common underpinnings in the brain, which can develop due to environmental factors, genetic causes, or a combination of both,” Dr. Lipton says. “Migraine pain and depression are also linked because both conditions respond to some of the same medications.”
However, the link between depression and pain from non-migraine headaches isn’t a two-way street. “Severe non-migraine headaches clearly increase your risk for depression, but depression doesn’t increase your risk for non-migraine headache,” Lipton says. A study published in the journal Headache showed that people with a form of non-migraine headache called cluster headache are more likely to have depression than people who don’t have cluster headaches.

What causes a Depression headache?

There is no single cause for Depression headaches. In some people, tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp cause headaches. This muscle Depression may be caused by:

  • Stress
  • Poor relations
  • Emotional or mental Depression, including depression
  • Anxiety

Depression headaches are usually triggered by some type of environmental or internal Depression. The most common sources of Depression include family, social relationships, friends, work, and school. For example:

  • Having problems at home/difficult family life
  • Having a new child
  • Having no close friends
  • Returning to school or training; preparing for tests or exams
  • Going on a vacation
  • Starting a new job
  • Losing a job
  • Being overweight
  • Deadlines at work
  • Competing in sports or other activities
  • Being a perfectionist
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Being over-extended (involved in too many activities/organizations)

Dangers of Drugs for Depression headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat depression headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.

Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.

How to Relieve Depression headache Naturally

Depression is a fast growing factor in our high-speed modern world. Here are several simple techniques to relieve a Depression headache.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This is one of the best-studied treatments for depression and pain. “CBT is specifically designed to deal with the emotions, sensations, and anticipations that occur in the mind because of pain,” Hullett says.
  • Psychotherapy. Experts say you’re more likely to feel pain in response to negative feelings. For people who see the world through physical sensations rather than emotional ones, Hullett says that psychotherapy, or talk therapy, can help with both depression and pain.
  • Massage: Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate depression headache pain, and they feel great. Researchers in Brazil showed that massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces headache pain. Massage in general has been identified as a useful home remedy for headaches, especially reflexology (massaging reflex points on the hands and feet)
  • Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.
  • Sleep: Sometimes simply lying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders.
  • Iodine. Iodine deficiency symptoms include being upset or crying for no “real” reason. People can become overly emotional at television commercials or movies. They can have cold hands and/or feet and a lowered body temperature (lower than 37o Celcius). Also a loss of hair either on the head or the outer third of the eyebrow.
  • B-6, Folate, other B vitamins, and certain minerals are needed to produce serotonin. If a person is deficient in any of these, they can suffer from depression. Sometimes deficiencies are caused by toxicity especially from heavy metals.
  • Chiropractic Care:
    A study conducted by Dr. Madeline Behrendt, Associate Editor of Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), and Dr. Nathan Olsen, a chiropractor in Boise, Idaho, found that chiropractic treatment reduced the symptoms of anxiety in a particular patient by 80%, and reduced their headaches by 90%. The research was published in JVSR and detailed the effects of a four-month course of treatment that uncovered a series of spinal subluxations in the patient that were the result of several car accidents, and only after receiving treatment did the patient experience relief from years of severe anxiety and chronic headaches.Another study published in Molecular Psychiatry attempted to examine the effects of chiropractic therapy as an alternative treatment for patients at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. The study was conducted at the Exodus Treatment Center in Miami Beach, Florida under the supervision of Dr. Jay Holder, a chiropractor and physician. The results showed that not only did all the patients receiving chiropractic adjustments complete the entire rehabilitation program, symptoms of depression and anxiety which were highly reported dropped significantly.
Oversleeping Headache

Even though a little extra sleep on the weekend might seem like a good idea, it can actually cause headaches. These headaches can give you a rough morning, but you can prevent them by sleeping for the recommended amount of time.

 

What Causes Over-sleeping related Headache?

Sleeping longer than the recommended seven to eight hours per night can cause headaches. Oversleeping can upset the balance of neurotransmitters and serotonin in the brain which can lead to headaches. Oversleeping can also disrupt your sleep cycle causing you to stay up later at night and have a headache the following morning. It also can cause you to miss any caffeine intake you usually have in the morning, causing a withdrawal headache.

One of the reasons for occurrence is due to the fluctuations in serotonin, which mainly happen during sleep. Also the variation in the REM (rapid eye movement sleep) cycle is quoted as one of the reasons. The headache due to these is mostly cluster or migraine headaches.

Sleep Headache Causes:

1. Sleep Apnea: A condition during sleep. The breathing then becomes shallow or stops for a few seconds and can continue to minutes. The lower oxygen levels in the body can lead to head pain.

2. Depression: People generally in despair are the ones who sleep too much. A discouraged, sad and depressed mind is more prone to sleeping for very long as it finds peace during that time. The lowered physical activity and mood will lead to pain in the back, neck and head.

Dangers of Drugs for Over-sleeping related headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat headache related to over sleeping symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.

Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.

How to Relieve Over-sleeping related headache Naturally

“Non-drug treatments can be very effective in making any headache less severe and incapacitating,”.

A minimum of 8 hours sleep is enough for a person to stay active and healthy all day. Fixing a bedtime will avoid oversleeping.

Avoid longer afternoon naps (2-3 hours). Do not drink caffeine, alcohol or spicy foods 4-6 hours before naptime.

Use a comfortable and clean mattress, pillow for undisturbed sleep. Do not use your bed to work on laptop or eat food (make an alternative). 4. Leave your worries away, listen to soothing music, do deep breathing or meditate for a couple of minutes before sleep.

Close your eyes, cup them with the palms of your hands, and apply light pressure for 2 minutes. Don’t be alarmed if your vision is blurry for a few seconds when you finish.

Massage the temples, shoulders, back of the head, and neck, or any other area where you feel the tension. Tense areas are easy to recognize because they feel tight and hard.

Drink herbal tea. Many herbs, such as peppermint and chamomile, are said to have calming properties. Of course, the simple act of sipping a hot beverage from a mug is also psychologically calming, so be sure to go by whatever feels best.

Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.

Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from headaches related to over sleeping usually prefer chiropractic adjustments, along with other chiropractic care methods including massage and trigger point therapy. These methods can either be done alone or in combination with one another to realign the skeletons and eliminate the cycle of pain. It can also help to release muscular Depression that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.

Patients who suffer from headaches related to oversleeping are recommended to undergo several sessions to find effective relief and treatment from their condition. This comes as a result of reducing the amount of nerve irritation and facilitate in muscle relaxation. For a more effective long-term treatment plan against headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition

Fatigue Headache

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Fatigue Headache

Do you feel like you’re always tired? Are you having trouble staying awake during prime time sitcoms? Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu, or some other viral infection. But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, it may be time to check with your doctor.

 

Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion. It’s similar to how you feel when you have the flu or have missed a lot of sleep. If you have chronic fatigue, you may wake in the morning feeling as though you’ve not slept. Or you may be unable to function at work or be productive at home. You may be too exhausted even to manage your daily affairs.

What Causes Fatigue Headaches?

One of the most common reasons behind fatigue headaches is an overstressed body. When the body is overstressed for too long, whether it is a conscious or unconscious stress, the natural inclination is to resort to our “fight or flight” instincts. This is an extremely intelligent reaction our bodies experience to deal with stress. One way this happens is by not allowing ourselves to relax enough to sleep. With prolonged lack of sleep, we trigger fatigue headache.

The spine is similar to the fuse box in a home, and if the demand is too great for power, the fuse box will overload and shut down. In the case of our bodies, the overloaded system cannot keep up with demand, and will then function in a compromised state, which becomes fatigue headaches.

Chiropractors are expert in the care of the spinal column, joints, nerves, muscles and ligaments that make up 60% of our bodies. The spine is part of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system and its optimal function is necessary for overall good health and well-being.

Dangers of Drugs for Fatigue Headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat fatigue related headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.

Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.

How to Relieve Fatigue related headache Naturally

“Non-drug treatments can be very effective in making any headache less severe and incapacitating,”.

A minimum of 8 hours sleep is enough for a person to stay active and healthy all day.

Close your eyes, cup them with the palms of your hands, and apply light pressure for 2 minutes. Don’t be alarmed if your vision is blurry for a few seconds when you finish.

Massage the temples, shoulders, back of the head, and neck, or any other area where you feel the tension. Tense areas are easy to recognize because they feel tight and hard.

Drink herbal tea. Many herbs, such as peppermint and chamomile, are said to have calming properties. Of course, the simple act of sipping a hot beverage from a mug is also psychologically calming, so be sure to go by whatever feels best.

Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.

Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from headaches related to fatigue usually prefer chiropractic adjustments, along with other chiropractic care methods including massage and trigger point therapy. These methods can either be done alone or in combination with one another to realign the skeletons and eliminate the cycle of pain. It can also help to release muscular Depression that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.

Patients who suffer from headaches related to fatigue are recommended to undergo several sessions to find effective relief and treatment from their condition. This comes as a result of reducing the amount of nerve irritation and facilitate in muscle relaxation. For a more effective long-term treatment plan against headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition

Neck Pain Headache

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Neck Pain Headache

It is not uncommon to have a headache and neck pain at the same time. If you’ve been experiencing neck pain along with your headaches, there’s a good chance the two are related.

 

Most headaches don’t actually stem from pain in your brain tissue or skull — these tissues don’t have nerve fibers that allow you to feel pain. Most headaches are related to input from nerve fibers in your scalp. These nerves are connected to other parts of your body, including your neck muscles. Sometimes when a problem in your neck stimulates a nerve that leads to your scalp, it can cause a headache.

What Causes Neck Pain Related Headache?

Stress. Tension headaches are often a result of stress, which can cause you to tense the muscles in your neck. A tension headache, also called a muscle-contraction headache, results from stiff, contracted muscles in and around the head. In addition to headache, neck pain and pressure are common symptoms of a tension headache.

Posture. When the head and neck are in an awkward position for a prolonged period, like when you’re balancing the phone between your ear and shoulder, you can experience both head and neck pain. Sleeping with inadequate head and neck support, such as on an airplane or with an overly flattened pillow, can also lead to poor posture and associated head and neck pain.

Poor lighting. When you are reading or doing other work without enough lighting, it can lead to eyestrain and stiffness in your scalp and forehead muscles, then to a tension headache and neck pain.
• Gum chewing. Believe it or not, vigorous gum chewing can strain the muscles in your head and neck and be another cause of tension headache and neck pain.

Migraine headache. A migraine headache is an intense headache that’s thought to be related to the irritation of blood vessels in the brain. Sometimes, neck pain and stiffness are signs of an impending migraine headache.

Cluster headache. Cluster headaches are severe headaches that typically strike on one side of the head and tend to happen in batches, or “clusters,” around the same time of day for weeks or even months. Cluster headaches are often accompanied by tenderness in the neck.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. TMJ disorders are conditions affecting the jaw and neck that are often due to excessive jaw clenching or poor jaw alignment. Not surprisingly, TMJ can lead to both headaches and neck pain.

Meningitis. Meningitis is a serious, potentially life-threatening, infection of the meninges, the delicate tissue that encases the brain. Symptoms of meningitis often include headache, neck stiffness, and fever.
Post-traumatic headache. Trauma or an injury to your head and neck during a car accident, for instance, can lead to lasting headache, neck pain, and shoulder pain

Dangers of Drugs for Neck Pain Related headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat neck pain headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.

Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.

How to Relieve Neck Pain Headache Naturally

“Non-drug treatments can be very effective in making any headache less severe and incapacitating,”.

A minimum of 8 hours sleep is enough for a person to stay active and healthy all day. Fixing a bedtime will avoid oversleeping.

Close your eyes, cup them with the palms of your hands, and apply light pressure for 2 minutes. Don’t be alarmed if your vision is blurry for a few seconds when you finish.

Massage the temples, shoulders, back of the head, and neck, or any other area where you feel the tension. Tense areas are easy to recognize because they feel tight and hard.

Drink herbal tea. Many herbs, such as peppermint and chamomile, are said to have calming properties. Of course, the simple act of sipping a hot beverage from a mug is also psychologically calming, so be sure to go by whatever feels best.

Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.

Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from neck pain headaches  usually prefer chiropractic adjustments, along with other chiropractic care methods including massage and trigger point therapy. These methods can either be done alone or in combination with one another to realign the skeletons and eliminate the cycle of pain. It can also help to release muscular Depression that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.

Patients who suffer from neck pain headaches are recommended to undergo several sessions to find effective relief and treatment from their condition. This comes as a result of reducing the amount of nerve irritation and facilitate in muscle relaxation. For a more effective long-term treatment plan against headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition

Migraine Headache

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Migraine Headache

Migraine is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms.
Typically the headache affects one half of the head, is pulsating in nature, and lasts from 2 to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches perceive an aura: a transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbance, which signals that the headache will soon occur. Occasionally an aura can occur with little or no headache following it.

Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors. About two-thirds of cases run in families. Changing hormone levels may also play a role, as migraines affect slightly more boys than girls before puberty, but about two to three times more women than men. The risk of migraines usually decreases during pregnancy. The exact mechanisms of migraine are not known. It is, however, believed to be a neurovascular disorder. The primary theory is related to increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem

What causes a Migraine headache?

Spinal misalignments (subluxations) are very common and the effect of these left uncorrected in the body especially in the upper cervical spine is the major cause of migraine headaches. The nerves in the upper cervical spine supply the head and face so when they get irritated they can refer pain into these areas. Subluxations put unnecessary strain on the spinal joints, discs ligaments, muscles and the nervous system.

Spinal misalignments (subluxations) can occur at birth due to birth trauma or occur after injures, falls or prolonged poor postures. Stress has a huge affect on spine due to increased and abnormal muscle tone. Also what you put into your body has an effect. Poor diet, recreational and even medical drugs will have side effects that affect your nervous system and therefore your spinal alignment automatically.

There are many Migraine headache triggers – the most common are:

  • Foods, including alcohol, aged cheese, caffeine, chocolate, artificial sweeteners and seasonings (MSG)
  • Hormonal changes, related to a drop in estrogen levels, which may occur before a woman’s monthly period. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can also trigger migraines
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Too much/too little sleep
  • Weather changes or changes in time zone or altitude
  • External factors, such as bright lights, certain smells (perfume) or second-hand smoke

Dangers of Drugs for Migraine headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat migraine headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.

Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.

How to Relieve Migraine headache Naturally:

Lavender Oil: Not only does lavender smell great — it’s also a useful home remedy for headaches and migraine pain. Lavender oil can be either inhaled or applied topically. Two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water are recommended when inhaling lavender-oil vapors as a headache treatment. Unlike many medicinal oils, this home remedy can also be safely applied externally without the need to dilute it. Lavender oil should not be taken orally.

Appropriate Diet: One of the most useful home remedies for reducing headaches and migraine pain involves making changes to your diet. Certain foods have been shown to affect the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine pain, including dairy; chocolate; peanut butter; certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus; onions; meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs; foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG); foods containing tyramine, an amino acid found in red wine; and foods that are fermented or pickled. Keep track of these trigger foods and your reaction to them with a food diary.

Massage: Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate migraine pain, and they feel great. Researchers in Brazil showed that massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces migraine pain. Massage in general has been identified as a useful home remedy for headaches, especially reflexology (massaging reflex points on the hands and feet).

Drink herbal tea: Many herbs, such as peppermint and chamomile, are said to have calming properties. Of course, the simple act of sipping a hot beverage from a mug is also psychologically calming, so be sure to go by whatever feels best.

Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points  that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.

Sleep: Sometimes simply lying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders.

Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from migraine headaches usually prefer chiropractic adjustments, along with other chiropractic care methods including massage and trigger point therapy. These methods can either be done alone or in combination with one another to realign the skeletons and eliminate the cycle of pain. It can also help to release muscular tension that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.

Patients who suffer from migraine headaches are recommended to undergo several sessions to find effective relief and treatment from their condition. This comes as a result of reducing the amount of nerve irritation and facilitate in muscle relaxation. For a more effective long-term treatment plan against headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition.

The World Health Organization states that 10% of the world’s adult population suffers from migraines. This problem accounts for over 2% of years lost as a result of disability as measured globally. Additional facts included in the article show that worldwide, over 40 million people suffer from migraines, with three million Americans suffering from chronic migraines.

With these large numbers, the author of the article states the threat and offers a solution, “These figures are staggering and they indicate the imminent threat migraines pose to individuals and the economy in general. Therefore, it makes sense for people to embrace the answer for migraines; chiropractic care.”
The article continues by explaining the general failure of medical care to correct migraines. The article also explains how chiropractic helps. “…the main cause of their migraines is a misalignment of their upper cervical spine, which can effectively and efficiently be readjusted through chiropractic care, resulting in recovery from migraine.”
These misalignments are known as subluxations. Subluxations are when bones of the spine become misaligned and cause pressure or irritation of spinal nerves. This then results in nerve malfunction which can lead to a number of health issues. Subluxations of the upper bones of the neck can lead to migraines. “Once the underlying causes are located and dealt with in the most suitable chiropractic techniques, the occurrences of migraines are greatly reduced and in most instances, stopped.”

The article concludes by offering the results of a study that shows chiropractic can help migraines. “According to studies conducted to examine the ability of chiropractic care to treat migraines, chiropractic care is the most effective, safest and most efficient in providing long term benefits with the least number of side effects compared to other remedies.”


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