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.
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.
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.
“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