Day and Night Headache

Headache is a condition so common it’s the punch line for a number of jokes, but when you’re experiencing a headache, it’s no laughing matter. Why do people develop a headache? What can be done to make the headache better? And, can anything be done to prevent the headache in the first place?

 

When most people discuss headache, they’re typically referring to the most frequent day and night headache. Almost 50% of adults experienced a headache in the past year; fortunately, for the majority of those individuals, the headache was mild, short-lived, and likely fell into the category of day and night headache.

Headaches experienced during the day and night is the most common type of headache. This type of headache can cause mild or moderate pain in the head, neck, and behind the eyes. Some patients say that headaches suffered in the day and night feels like a tight band around their foreheads.

Headaches experienced in the day and nights aren’t limited to adults. Children and teens can experience headaches during the day and night as well, with as many as 15% of children having experienced day and night headache by age 15. Females are diagnosed with about twice the number of day and night headaches as males.

What causes a day or night headache?

There is no single cause for headaches during the day and night. This type of headache is not an inherited trait that runs in families. In some people, tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp cause headaches in the day and night. This headache can be caused by:
• Inadequate rest
• Poor posture
• Emotional or mental day and night, including depression
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
• Hunger
• Overexertion

Headaches experiences during the day and night are usually triggered by some type of environmental or stress. The most common sources may include family, social relationships, friends, work, and school. Examples of which include:
• 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)

Episodic day and night headaches are usually triggered by an isolated situation or a build-up of tension or stress, which may lead to chronic headaches as well.

Dangers of Drugs for Day and Night headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat day and night headaches 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 Day and night headaches Naturally:

Headaches experienced during the day and night headache can be downright debilitating. Take note of the following home remedies to help avoid that next attack.

  • Rest your eyes periodically. Tension headaches are often caused by eye fatigue.
  • 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.
  • Place wet peppermint teabags on your eyelids for 5 minutes. Closing your eyes will rest them as the peppermint soothes them.
  • If you work on the computer, take a 10-minute screen break every hour. This is also a good idea if you’re in a movie theatre or watching television.
  • Massage the temples, shoulders, back of the head, and neck, or any other area where you feel tension. Tense areas are easy to recognise because they feel tight and hard. Tension in the head, neck, and shoulders can often be the cause of headaches
  • 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 on both sides of the nose near your nostrils that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief. Other points that work are where the ridge of your eyebrows connects with the bridge of your nose.
  • Sleep: Sometimes simply lying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders.
  • Massage: Gently massage the sinus cavities with your fingertips.
  • Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from headaches during the day and night 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 headaches during the day and night 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.

Severe Headache

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Severe Headache

Headaches are extremely common – most people have a headache at some time in their life. Most headaches disappear on their own (with a little time) or with the help of mild pain relievers. Although most headaches are mild and temporary annoyances, some people have headaches that are so severe they need to consult a doctor for pain relief.

 

A headache disorder characterized by repeated attacks of severe headache. A severe headache causes throbbing or pulsating pain, usually on only one side of the head. These headaches are often associated with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound; they generally last between four hours and three days. Severe headaches, which are often misdiagnosed as sinus or tension headaches, are severe enough to interfere with sleep, work, and other everyday activities. They may occur as often as several times per week or as rarely as once or twice a year.

What causes a severe headache?

Severe Headaches can be caused by a number of factors. Many Severe headaches can be traced to neck, jaw (TMJ) or cranial bone (head) misalignment causing stress to the nerves, which in turn affect blood flow.

When the bones of the spine or head lose their normal position or motion (spinal subluxation or spinal misalignment), the sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head become compromised. When these delicate tissues are irritated, they can produce certain types of headaches.

The nerves of the neck, jaw or head when irritated can lead to head pain. Sometimes the pain can radiate into the face or eyes. These headaches can make it difficult to think clearly and function.

Misalignments of the spinal vertebrae can occur during the birth process, falls, sports activities, motor vehicle accidents, sudden injury to the jaw, head or neck area, bad posture, food reaction (food allergies), medication side effects, sinus problems or simply the stresses of daily living. Hence, It is very common for headache and/or migraine headache sufferers to experience neck pain and stiffness.

Nerve irritation is the leading cause of headache pain for many sufferers. One study, conducted at the University of Maryland, found a connection between muscle tension at the base of the neck and headaches. Muscle contractions interfere with the sensitive fibers at the base of the neck that lead to the brain and spinal cord. This muscle tension often plays a contributing factor to headache pain. Another study conducted by Dr. Wright found that the vast majority of migraine headache sufferers has misalignments of the spinal vertebrae (subluxation) in the neck that was placing pressure on the spinal nerves.

Dangers of Drugs for chronic headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat severe 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 Severe Headache Naturally

Rest your eyes periodically. Tension headaches are often caused by eye fatigue.
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.
If you work on the computer, take a 10-minute screen break every hour. This is also a good idea if you’re in a movie theater or watching television.
Massage the temples, shoulders, back of the head, and neck, or any other area where you feel tension. Tense areas are easy to recognize because they feel tight and hard. Tension in the head, neck, and shoulders can often be the cause of headaches.
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 on both sides of the nose near your nostrils that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief. Other points that work are where the ridge of your eyebrows connects with the bridge of your nose.
Sleep: Sometimes simply lying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders
Chiropractic care: Patients suffering from various types of headaches undergo 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 suffering from severe 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.
Chiropractic care may help prevent unnecessary tension and/or irritation in the neck and head. In some instances, chiropractic adjustments (specific spinal manipulations) can provide immediate relief for headache victims. A study of 87 headache victims who were treated with chiropractic adjustments over a two-year period revealed marked improvement. The common migraine had ceased altogether or was much improved in 85 percent of the females and 50 percent of the males. For those with classical migraine, the improvement rate was 78 percent in females and 75 percent in males.

Every headache victim is an individual case and may require special instructions or recommendations from their chiropractor. If your condition requires the attention of other health care specialists, your chiropractor will refer you to them.

TMJ Headache

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TMJ Headache

What Is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.

If you suffer with complaints of migraine or other headache pain, we would like to make you aware of one basic scientific fact that is undeniable:

TMJ or jaw joint dysfunction, is the major and usually the only cause of your suffering. Your doctors, including neurologist, have simply not received the dental training required to be able to diagnose TMJ problems and how they relate to your migraine or headache pain.

What causes TMJ headaches?

TMJ disorders are a group of complex problems of the jaw joint. TMJ disorders are also sometimes referred to as myofascial pain dysfunction and Costen’s syndrome. Because muscles and joints work together, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws. The following are behaviours or conditions that can lead to TMJ disorders.

 

Teeth grinding and teeth clenching (bruxism) increase the wear on the cartilage lining of the TMJ. Those who grind or clench their teeth may be unaware of this behaviour unless they are told by someone observing this pattern while sleeping or by a dental professional noticing telltale signs of wear and tear on the teeth. Many patients awaken in the morning with jaw or ear pain.

Habitual gum chewing or fingernail biting

Dental problems and misalignment of the teeth (malocclusion). Patients may complain that it is difficult to find a comfortable bite or that the way their teeth fit together has changed. Chewing on only one side of the jaw can lead to or be a result of TMJ problems.

Trauma to the jaws: Previous fractures in the jaw or facial bones can lead to TMJ disorders.

Stress frequently leads to unreleased nervous energy. It is very common for people under stress to release this nervous energy by either consciously or unconsciously grinding and clenching their teeth.

Occupational tasks or habits such as holding the telephone between the head and shoulder may contribute to TMJ disorders.

Dangers of Drugs for TMJ Headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat TMJ 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 TMJ headache.

How to Relieve TMJ Headaches Naturally

Treating your TMJ headache or beginning headache will be as unique to you as your TMJ. Know that many people with severe headaches who seek medical advice to end their pain usually end up frustrated after fruitless attempts at treatments and simply give up looking for ways to improve their lot. However, there are things you can do to rid yourself of your TMJ headache.

Rest: Lie down in a very quiet, smell-free room that has windows blacked out by special blackout drapes or cover your   eyes with a cold damp cloth that will block out light.

Support: Support your head and neck.

Place a hot or cold compress against back of your neck: Cold will ease pain and reduce inflammation and heat will reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow. I liked to use both but I preferred cold.

Hydrate: Drink some water in case you are dehydrated as dehydration can cause headaches.

Caffeine: Drink some coffee for the caffeine but I caution you that caffeine can help your headache as well as cause a headache or rebound headache due to caffeine withdrawal. If you are a heavy coffee drinker then do not have the coffee. Some medications have caffeine added to them as it helps the body absorb the medicine faster.

Massage: Massage your temples, neck, shoulders and back.

Yawn: Act like you are yawning. This will take tension out of your jaw muscles.

Relax: Do deep relaxation exercise for the whole body. Lie on your back with arms by your sides and become aware of your feet. Scrunch your toes and flex your feet increasing tension, hold for a few seconds them relax your feet completely. Work your way up the legs, thighs and hips, then hands, arms , shoulders, stomach and finally head, face and jaw.

Meditate: or use guided visualisation. Imagine you are standing in a hot shower and the water is cascading down your head and over the rest of your body.

Focus: With your mind, focus on the spot in your head where the pain is coming from. Focus on the pain and try to INCREASE it with your mind. You will feel relief from the pain. This can be hard to master for extended length of time but it does work.

Chiropractic Care: Patients who suffer from TMJ 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 stress that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.  
 
Patients who suffer from TMJ 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.

While there are numerous ways to treat TMJ joint disorder, scientific studies have shown that chiropractic was helpful in cases of TMJ. In a 2003 study, 15 participants were administered treatments. All participants showed improvements in the distance they could open their jaws and in pain measurements. Although this group was not compared to a group receiving traditional treatment, it shows that chiropractic treatments show promise as an emerging treatment for TMJ joint disorder.
Many report relief and satisfaction with chiropractic care for TMJ joint disorder. In a survey of 192 members of a health maintenance organisation published in 2003, nearly two-thirds reported using some form of complementary medicine to treat TMJ. Almost everyone surveyed used complementary approaches together with other traditional treatments, and the greatest satisfaction was reported for the hands-on alternative therapies, including chiropractic.

Stress Headache

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Stress Headache

Headache is a condition so common it’s the punch line for a number of jokes, but when you’re experiencing a headache, it’s no laughing matter. Why do people develop headache? What can be done to make the headache better? And, can anything be done to prevent the headache in the first place?

 

When most people discuss headache, they’re typically referring to the most frequently experienced type of headache, a stress headache (also known as stress-type headache). Almost 50% of adults experienced a headache in the past year; fortunately, for the majority of those individuals, the headache was mild, short-lived, and likely fell into the category of stress headache.
A stress headache is the most common type of headache. This type of headache can cause mild or moderate pain in the head, neck, and behind the eyes. Some patients say that a stress headache feels like a tight band around their foreheads.

Stress headache isn’t limited to adults. Children and teens can experience stress headache as well, with as many as 15% of children having experienced stress headache by age 15. Females are diagnosed with about twice the number of stress headaches as males.

What causes Stress Headaches?

There is no single cause for stress headaches. This type of headache is not an inherited trait that runs in families. In some people, tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp cause stress headaches. This muscle stress may be caused by:

• Inadequate rest
• Poor posture
• Emotional or mental stress, including depression
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
• Hunger
• Overexertion

Stress headaches are usually triggered by some type of environmental or internal stress. The most common sources of stress include family, social relationships, friends, work, and school. Examples of stressors include:

• 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/organisations)

Episodic stress headaches are usually triggered by an isolated stressful situation or a build-up of stress. Daily stress can lead to chronic stress headaches.

Dangers of Drugs for Stress headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat stress 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 Stress headache Naturally:

Tension is a fact of life in our high-speed modern world. Here are several simple techniques to relieve a tension headache.

A Stress headache can be downright debilitating. Take note of the following home remedies to help avoid that next attack.

  • Rest your eyes periodically. Tension headaches are often caused by eye fatigue.
  • 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.
  • Place wet peppermint teabags on your eyelids for 5 minutes. Closing your eyes will rest them as the peppermint soothes them.
  • If you work on the computer, take a 10-minute screen break every hour. This is also a good idea if you’re in a movie theatre or watching television.
  • Massage the temples, shoulders, back of the head, and neck, or any other area where you feel tension. Tense areas are easy to recognise because they feel tight and hard. Tension in the head, neck, and shoulders can often be the cause of headaches
  • 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 on both sides of the head 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 Stress 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 stress that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.  Patients who suffer from Stress 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 Stress Headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition.

Sinus Headache

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Sinus Headache

Sinus headaches are defined as a feeling of deep pain and pressure above your nose and sometimes between your eyes. Sinus headaches can range from annoying to severe, and they can sometimes be hard to treat.

Sinus headaches are headaches that may accompany sinusitis, a condition in which the membranes lining your sinuses become swollen and inflamed. You may feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Perhaps your head throbs.

 

Many people, who assume they have sinus headaches, including many who have received a diagnosis of sinus headaches, actually have migraines or tension headaches.

When sinus headaches caused by sinusitis do occur, proper diagnosis and treatment are the keys to relief.

What causes Sinus headache?

While a sinus inflammation (sinusitis) may be caused by a viral infection, much like a cold that causes swelling in the nose, the inflammation and decreased ability of the sinuses to drain may also be caused by an allergic reaction like hay fever.

Inflammation, like anywhere else in the body, causes swelling and increased fluid production. In the sinuses, this decreases the ability of the sinuses to drain. The increased inflammatory fluid production (just like the weeping observed with a skin injury) combines with the decrease in drainage to cause the pain and pressure of a sinus headache.

Nature does not like stagnant fluid, and after a period of time, bacteria and viruses may travel from the nasal cavities into the stagnant fluid within the sinus cavity and cause an infection. Less commonly, fungal infections may cause a sinus infection, and even more rarely, tumours can invade the sinus.

The maxillary sinus sits underneath the eye within the cheekbone. The upper teeth attach to the lower portion of this bone, and dental infections can travel up the root of the tooth and infect the sinus directly.

Dangers of Drugs for Sinus Headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat Sinus headache symptoms with different kinds of medications.

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 Sinus Headaches Naturally:

  • Acupressure is helpful for some people. There are pressure points on both sides of the nose near your nostrils that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief. Other points that work are where the ridge of your eyebrows connects with the bridge of your nose.
  • Massage. Gently massage the sinus cavities with your fingertips.
  • Place a small towel in hot water and apply to your forehead or across the front of your face in the sinus cavity area.
  • Close the bathroom door, turn the shower on as hot as you can tolerate it and stand under it.
    Let the hot water beat on your face in the area of the sinus cavities. Make sure the door is shut, so that steam will build up in the room. This will release the pressure and loosen mucous.
  • Hydrate. Keeping yourself well-hydrated helps to ensure your sinuses are well, which can ease sinusitis. So drink plenty of fluids — eight tall glasses of water a day is a good goal. Fill a tall bottle with cool water and keep it at hand so that you can take small sips throughout the day.
  • Clear the air. Avoid pollutants in the air, stay indoors if the air quality is poor, and above all, avoid anyone who is smoking a cigarette. Obviously, puffing on a cigarette yourself is like writing a request for a sinusitis attack.
  • Control allergies. Since allergies can cause sinusitis, know your allergy triggers and do your best to avoid them. If that is not possible, see an allergist to investigate desensitisation treatments designed to help the body develop an immunity to the offending substance.
  • Chiropractic Care

Patients who suffer from sinus 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 sinus 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.