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Become a Patient a woman suffering from chronic headaches

Types of Headaches

Some are merely nuisances, while others can be debilitating. There are dozens of causes for them–everything from caffeine withdrawal to allergies to poor posture can cause a headache. Did you know, though, that many types of headaches actually indicate an imbalance in your organs? Next time you find yourself with a headache, observe and see what message your body is sending you.

Stress Headaches – caused by overwork, stress, tension, or exhaustion, indicate an adrenal imbalance. These headaches usually occur in the late afternoon and are accompanied by difficulty concentrating, feelings of exhaustion, and low blood pressure. If you suffer from these types of headaches, you will benefit from stress-reduction techniques like meditation, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, and yoga. Hot baths, steam rooms, and saunas can also help relieve stress and increase circulation. Stress headaches are often the body calling out for more oxygen. Sit down for five minutes and take 10 long, deep meditative breaths, and many times you will discover your stress headache is gone.

Blood-sugar Headaches –  caused by low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), indicate a problem with your pancreas and adrenals. You might get one of these types of headaches if you skip a meal or wait too long between meals to eat, causing your blood-sugar levels to drop. If you suffer from these types of headaches, you’ll likely be stressed and tired and crave sugar. If you notice that you’re developing blood-sugar headaches, avoid all refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, candy, and pasta. Drink water, eat some clean protein like turkey, chicken, or fish with no carbs. Check with me to see if you need supplements to support your liver or adrenals.

Hormone-related Headaches – feel like tightness or pressure in the skull. These indicate a pituitary problem, and they are often very painful. They may feel one-sided or throb intensely. They often occur during ovulation, before menstruation, or during menstruation and menopause. These headaches may be accompanied by acne and severe mood swings. Natural hormone therapies and other supplements may be helpful if you have these types of headaches. Consider having your hormones tested to customize a plan unique to your body.

Liver Headaches – are often accompanied by the symptoms of toxicity, such as nausea and stomach upset, aches and pains, nightmares, anxiety, and insomnia. These headaches are often centered over the right eye. If you have these types of headaches, you should avoid all fried and high-fat foods, as well as refined carbohydrates, and trans fatty acids (such as partially hydrogenated oil, found in margarine, fast foods, and many “diet” foods). Take extra minerals – even doubling your dose for a few days. Consider a program to detoxify your liver.

Thyroid Headaches – are caused by a low metabolism and are usually accompanied by a low body temperature. If you have a dull headache when you get out of bed in the morning and find that it slowly goes away by the middle of the morning, you likely have a thyroid headache. (These headaches normally subside as your metabolism rises.) If you suffer from these types of headaches, you may need supplements to support your liver, thyroid, or adrenal glands.

Musculoskeletal Headaches – are caused by a vertebra out of alignment, most often in the neck. If your headache seems to start at the base of your skull and move from there, you need an adjustment. Rubbing EE oil into your neck can help. If a headache is accompanied by neck pain, add WO oil on the muscles in your neck until you can get in for a treatment.

Sinus Headaches – tend to form around the face, eyes, and forehead. Usually accompanied by the pressure inside the head or a tight feeling around the face, they may ebb and flow throughout the day. Using WO oil on your lymph glands under the chin, around the eyes, and even on the temples can help, as can adding EE oil on the base of your skull. Often this combination can work almost instantly. Getting clearings for allergies and changing the pH of your GI tract will resolve most of these headaches.

Morning Headaches – can occur if you clench your teeth through the night. Again, these headaches signal the need for a chiropractic adjustment. If you have TMJ symptoms of grinding teeth, jaw pain or popping, or morning headaches, you need to have your sacrum adjusted as well as some cranial work to realign the spine.

Of course, not all headaches are related to organ imbalance, but many of them can provide you with important information just the same. Perhaps you need to adjust your diet? Eating MSG, other food additives, and aspartame can cause headaches. Maybe you need supplements? Low levels of magnesium and calcium are often found in migraine sufferers. Whatever the cause, it is likely that a whole food diet, appropriate supplementation, stress-reduction techniques, and good chiropractic care can ease the frequency and severity of your headaches.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Wards to uncover the root of your headaches and rebalance your life.

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Migraines vs Headaches

Migraines, which appear more frequently in women than men, should not be confused for typical headaches. Those who have never experienced a migraine may not understand the severity and its impact on the migraine sufferer. While a common tension-type headache can cause mild discomfort, a migraine can cause a debilitating throbbing or pulsating pain

Migraines tend to be unilateral headaches, meaning they affect only one side of the head. This differs from tension headaches, which can be unilateral but are more often bilateral. In addition to the pain, migraine symptoms can induce nausea, vomiting, and an adverse reaction to even moderate levels of sound and/or light.

If you are a migraine sufferer, learning your triggers can help you avoid—or at least minimize—their onset. Keeping a “headache diary” of factors suspected of contributing toward your migraines can help you narrow down the most likely causes. Some of the more common triggers are:

  • Stress
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Flickering or flashing lights (e.g. Christmas lights)
  • Eyestrain (such as caused by staring at a computer screen)
  • Cocoa (chocolate)
  • Caffeine
  • Chlorinated water
  • MSG (mono-sodium glutamate)
  • Fatigue (physical, mental or emotional)
  • Changes in the weather
  • Perfumes
  • Air pollution

In addition to the triggers, you can learn to recognize preliminary symptoms. Though not always evidenced, many sufferers report specific signs in advance of the onset of a migraine. When recognizes, these enable the victim to brace for the ordeal and perhaps take steps to avoid it completely. Watch for symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Wide swings in mood
  • Depression
  • Abnormal irritability
  • Visual aura (e.g. seeing flashes of light, zigzag lines, or spots)

Just as the triggers and symptoms of migraines can differ from person to person, treatment options and their effectiveness also vary. Preventative steps—such as breathing exercises, acupuncture, relaxation, physical activity, chiropractic adjustment, and other natural remedies—are helpful. In the midst of migraine episodes, victims may find relief by using cold packs, sleeping, or seeking solitude in a dark, quiet room.

The total duration of a migraine can range from a few hours up to three full days, during which the victim may be virtually incapacitated. The good news is that the episode will pass. Plus, a variety of treatments are available. If you experience severe and/or recurring migraines, consult with a doctor like Infinity Wellness Center in Austin to find the cause of your migraines and create a treatment plan. You do not have to live in pain.

Hormone Headaches

What Do Hormones Have to Do with My Headaches?

Men and women alike suffer from occasional headache pain with women being more likely to experience headaches than their male counterparts.  This is not because one gender has more stress in their lives, although stress can be a factor,  and certainly not because any particular gender is better at handling stressful situations. Often it’s a result of an individual’s biological makeup.

Frequent and extreme hormonal fluctuations can lead to regular headache patterns, and while they can pop up at any time, there is often a distinct relationship between headaches and hormonal changes associated with menstrual cycles, pregnancies and menopause, as well as improperly functioning thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands.

Types of Hormone Headaches

The endocrine system works together to control the level of hormones circulating throughout the body, and if any is even slightly imbalanced major health problems, including chronic headaches, can result.

  • Hormone-related headaches feel like tightness or pressure in the skull. These indicate a pituitary problem, and they are often very painful. They may feel one-sided or throb intensely. They often occur during ovulation, before menstruation, or during menstruation and menopause. These headaches may be accompanied by acne and severe mood swings. Natural hormone therapies and other supplements may be helpful if you have these types of headaches. Consider having your hormones tested to customize a plan unique to your body.
  • Thyroid headaches are caused by a low metabolism and are usually accompanied by a low body temperature. If you have a dull headache when you get out of bed in the morning and find that it slowly goes away by the middle of the morning, you likely have a thyroid headache. (These headaches normally subside as your metabolism rises.) If you suffer from these types of headaches, you may need supplements to support your liver, thyroid, or adrenal glands.
  • Blood-sugar headaches caused by low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), indicate a problem with your pancreas and adrenals. You might get one of these types of headaches if you skip a meal or wait too long between meals to eat, causing your blood-sugar levels to drop. If you suffer from these types of headaches, you’ll likely be stressed and tired and crave sugar. If you notice that you’re developing blood-sugar headaches, avoid all refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, candy, and pasta. Drink water, eat some clean protein like turkey, chicken, or fish with no carbs. Check with me to see if you need supplements to support your liver or adrenals.

Hormone Testing

Traditional medical treatments might include synthetic hormone replacement therapies or birth control pills, however, many people find that relying on synthetic treatments merely masks the problem, leaving them either dependent upon the medication long term or constantly having to change it up as the efficacy is reduced.

It is so much more worthwhile to determine the actual cause of the headaches and work to eliminate or control them naturally. A variety of holistic approaches to hormonal balance offers safer, more personalized, and longer lasting relief from headache pain.

Through precise hormone testing, we can essentially receive a personalized roadmap to hormonal balance for you.  With the results, we can determine lifestyle changes and needs that might include the fusion of anti-inflammatory foods with proven and specific herbs and supplements, and/or the incorporation of acupuncture, chiropractic care, essential oils, or meditation into your wellness routine.  We would be thrilled to discuss with you the many natural ways to effectively approach the treatment of hormonal headaches.