We all have suffered from a headache and we call can agree they are not fun to deal with. We can all empathize for many as they have to endure this type of pain more than others.
Headaches are common and can very well affect daily life.
No doubt each of you reading this is looking for a solution.
There are a number of common symptoms which can help you determine the type of headache you are experiencing. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or even sensitivity to light and sound are some of the more common signs.
One symptom for sure we all notice right away is that excruciating throbbing, stabbing or pulsating sensation that can last 4 to 72 hours and sometimes for days or weeks.
If you are having these headaches frequently it is important to go to your chiropractor to pinpoint the problem and figure a solution, especially if they are severe and prolonging.
To help your chiropractor solve your problem, a suggestion for you is to journal the occurrences.
You’ll want to answer questions such as:
1) What makes it worse?
2) What seems to help the pain?
3) Does the pain travel and or radiate to anywhere else in the body?
4) What other symptoms do you get with your head ache?
5) What activities are you doing that either aggravate or calm them?
6) How long do they last?
7) Is the pain sudden or gradual and do they start off at a level 10 of pain the ease down to a level 1 or vice versa.
This information can help you and your chiropractor comes up with a plan to reduce or resolve your headaches
You may be thinking… “how does chiropractic help with headaches and migraines?”
One of the many triggers that will start your headache is your tensed muscles of the neck.
These muscles are working daily to hold your head up and more so when you work mainly at the computer all day.
These tense muscles causes trigger points which may irritate the nerves behind your neck (suboccipital nerves) that can result in tension headache.
The chiropractor will typically adjust the upper cervical vertebrae and incorporate some soft tissue work to alleviate the tension.
Relief from chiropractic care can be immediate. In more severe cases where you’ve had “headaches all your life,” treatment can last from 2-6 months before relief is stable.
“2-6 months?...” Yes! 2-6 months is a short time in the grand scale when you’ve had your headaches all your life.
Nutrition That May Help with Headaches
Salad - One great meal to make to help rehydrate is salad. Lettuce and spinach leaves are high in water and fiber, which will make your body feel great. Iceberg lettuce has a high water content but low level of nutrients, so consider a blend of different lettuce types, such as butter lettuce, spinach, arugula, romaine, or escarole.
Bananas - are a great food to eat when trying to relieve a stubborn headache. They are high in magnesium, which can relax your blood vessels and ease head pain. They are also high in potassium, which is an essential part of your electrolyte balance.
Spicy Foods - If seasonal allergies or the flu have your head pounding, try snacking on spicy foods. Consuming spicy foods can relieve congestion, which will reduce sinus pressure and open up your airways.
Potatoes - Enjoy your potatoes with their skin on for the best headache relief. The skin of a large potato is packed with potassium. Potassium deficiencies are very common, with the majority of people never reaching their daily recommended levels of the vitamin. Akin to bananas, potatoes are also high in potassium, which can help restore electrolyte balance to hasten the recovery process.
Almonds - Start helping your sore head by eating a handful of almonds. This healthy snack is high in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps release serotonin, the feel good brain chemical. Almonds are also full of magnesium, which can relax your muscles and blood vessels. Physical pain and mental stress can cause tension headaches, which would benefit from consuming extra magnesium. If you feel a headache coming on, a quick handful of almonds may ward it off.
Watermelon - Watermelon is a delicious way to quickly rehydrate and consume healthy sugars. Watermelon has a very high water content, thus its name. You can enjoy watermelon cut up, frozen, or blended into drinks. Dehydration can quickly cause a pounding headache so if you find it difficult to drink enough water throughout the day, try snacking on high water fruits and vegetables. This is especially important in the summer months when heatstroke is a danger. And luckily, watermelon is a fruit that is not only high in water content, but also one that is super cooling to eat as well as light on the tummy during really humid days when you don’t feel like eating much. Watermelon also provides a touch of natural sweetness so it makes the ideal light after meal dessert.
Cucumber - Prevent getting headaches in the first place by drinking water throughout the day. Cucumbers are a great high water vegetable that can quickly rehydrate a sore body. Similar to watermelon, cucumber is a water-rich vegetable that can easily be incorporated into many foods–such as salads, and smoothies.
Quinoa - This health food is a popular new food on the market. Quinoa is a seed, not a grain, which means it’s high in protein and relatively low in carbohydrates. Quinoa is also high in magnesium. This nutrient is of great benefit to women suffering from menstrual migraines. Other foods high in magnesium include sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, and brown rice. Magnesium can affect serotonin receptors and we need that feel good hormone to stay on track to avoid these headaches.
Spinach - Spinach is a powerhouse of migraine relief. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure, which can prevent chronic headaches. Spinach is also high in magnesium. This leafy green has a high water content, which can help with dehydration Enjoy this vegetable raw in a salad or lightly cooked. Overcooking this green could destroy some of the beneficial nutrients and you will want the most out of this powerhouse of a veggie to potentially Popeye the headaches away.