In 1995, the Australian Bureau of Statistics discovered that over half of all over the counter pain medication used by individuals aged 25-44 was taken for headaches. In Australia alone, approximately 2 million people suffer from recurrent migraines, more than are diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease.
Nearly everyone gets headaches occasionally, and most people will take a pain reliever to ease the pain. While occasional use is okay, frequent use can lead to rebound headaches, more intense headaches, possible addiction, and even liver damage and other serious side effects.
Not all headaches are the same. There are different kinds of headache, some of which can come with symptoms other than simple head pain. The most common headache types are:
Tension headache – These may be the most common type of headache. This is the headache that grabs you when you are stressed out. They cause pain and sometimes a feeling of pressure in the temples or the back of the head and neck.
Cluster headache – Affecting men more often than women, cluster headaches are so named because they tend to occur in cycles. They come on suddenly and severely on one side of the head. They often cause watery eyes, runny nose, and congestion on the affected side.
Sinus headache – Most commonly caused by sinus infection, sinus headaches may be a symptom of a severe head cold. They come with congestion and may cause a feeling of pressure in the face.
Migraines – The mother of all headaches, migraines come with a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Some sufferers experience visual disturbances or phantom smells just prior to the onset of the headache. Migraines can cause nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or noise. Typical pain relievers typically don’t help much.
Chiropractic Can Help
Pain relievers are only able to treat symptoms, which may be fine for the occasional tension headache, but for frequent headaches or other types of headache, there is a risk of overusing medication. Chiropractic care seeks to treat underlying causes to prevent headaches from recurring in the future.
We use Applied Kinesiology and muscle testing to identify weaknesses and imbalances that are contributing to your headaches. We then use gentle chiropractic methods to help correct the imbalances.
We also examine your diet and may use the ALCAT (antigen leukocyte antibody test) or other diagnostic resources to find out if your headaches may be a reaction to any foods or food additives in your diet. Some of the substances most likely to trigger headaches include:
- Gluten – a protein found in many grains, and added to many other foods
- Casein – the main protein in milk and many dairy products
- Nightshades – foods like tomatoes and potatoes
Foods and additives that might cause excruciating headaches in one person might not influence another at all, so we take an individualized approach to nutrition. When all else fails, we may recommend a five week elimination diet to help figure out what foods you may want to avoid.
For those with frequent migraines, we often recommend blood testing to check levels of Folate, B12, and mature red blood cells.
Every headache sufferer is unique, and treatment should be tailored to the individual. What works miracles for one patient may do nothing for another, even if symptoms are similar.
At Eastland Family Chiropractic, we make a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of your unique circumstances before recommending a treatment plan. If you have been taking far too many pills for headaches, call Eastland Family Chiropractic now on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an appointment to see what we can do for you.Leave a reply →