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A Holistic Approach to Treating Migraines & Headaches

What is a Tension Type Headache?

Tension headaches are the most common type and are normally described as having a band around the head, continually getting tighter and tighter causing more and more pain. Most typical tension-type headaches last from 30 minutes to 6 hours.

Most doctors and researchers concur that tension-type headaches are a result of muscle tightness, which restricts blood flow to the head, decreasing the amount of oxygen getting to that area, which results in the headache pain.

What causes the Migraines?

Neither we nor the medical community can say with any clarity what the exact cause of a migraine is. Doctors and researchers will tell you that there are two basic theories for the causes of migraine headaches. The first is that the blood supply is disrupted by irregular constriction and dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. The second is that something creates electrical hyperactivity within the brain. There is a strong consensus that changing levels of the hormone serotonin may be the main cause of the disturbance. Our conclusion is more simplistic. You are simply out of balance. Your body is either #1 overloaded with toxins or #2 it is lacking some important ingredients for health, to prevent headaches. Either of the imbalances could create blood irregularities, hormonal changes, or electrical surges.

Migraines on the other hand are quite different from tension type headaches. There are 2 different types of migraines they consist of both classic and common migraines. Migraine headaches are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. About 15% of migraine sufferers, those with classic migraines, experience something called an aura before an attack. The aura may include visual distortions, such as wavy or jagged lines, some people see dots or have tunnel vision. The aura can also include smelling strange odors or a change in the way something tastes.

Where do the headache symptoms come from?

Our research concluded that over 20 different types of headaches can be identified. But the list can easily be broken down into three categories - Tension type headaches, Migraine headaches, and Cluster headaches. In this program, we'll put our focus on Tension and migraine headaches because these two types make up the majority of all headaches. More and more experts, including the Mayo clinic, believe that chronic tension headaches can evolve into migraines and that while having a migraine, a lot of people will develop a tension type headache in addition to the migraine.

Am I the only one who has a problem with Headaches? Am I unique?

It is estimated that over 900,000 people suffer from tension headaches, so if you get them on occasion, you are not alone.

What is the recommended treatment for Tension type or Migraine Headaches?

The solutions for your headaches are not too cut and dried. First of all, no one has really identified the true cause and most experts agree that it's more than one thing. The approach we are going to take in finding a solution for your headaches will be a combination of elements. Remember that everyone will have some uniqueness to their headaches, so no one solution will work for everyone.

1. Journaling -
The first thing to do is to put a rope around your problem. Identify your triggers. Get them out of your mind and down on paper. Start a journal and see if you can find any commonalities concerning your headaches in the past and the headaches you're experiencing today.

2. Breathing -
We know that breathing is a powerful way to get beyond stress and stressful situations, but if you haven't developed the habit before you get stressed, you're dead in the water. We will show you how to develop efficient and effective breathing techniques and how to turn those into a habit so you will have the proper tools when you need them.

3. Foods -
Understanding the power of foods, how they can be medicines for the body; understanding nutrition and hydration, and how they affect the chemistry of the body, can lead to an understanding of how to prevent your headaches.

4. Exercise -
It's easy to just tell someone that they need exercise, stretching, rest and relaxation, and a good nights' sleep. That's all many professionals do. They tell you and then leave it up to you to figure out how to do it. We'll give you the low down on how to get it done, so it can have a positive effect on your headaches.

5. Meditation -
Meditation provides tremendous benefits. Over the years, meditation has been misrepresented. Many people think it's hard - it's not. We'll show you a way that's workable, easy, non-challenging, and will fit into your time schedule.

6. Acupressure / Shiatsu -
What comes first, the chicken or the egg? What comes first, the headache pain or muscle tension? And does it really matter? A proven technique for temporary relief of headache pain is trigger point therapy, or acupressure, a form of massage. We'll demonstrate some effective techniques, and indicate these trigger points, in our section on stress reduction.

7. Aromatherapy -
Aromatherapy is not smell therapy. It's based on essential oils which are distilled from what could be called the natural blood of the plants: from the flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, and bark. Those essential oils have chemical ingredients which in turn provide healing properties that can get rid of headaches. We'll talk about certain oils throughout the video as well as in our bonus features.

8. Posture -
Bad posture may be one of the reasons you have headaches. There are exercises that will bring your posture back into alignment. The Egoscue method, Alexander technique, and Feldenkrais all have ways of explaining how to unlock the tight areas in the body.

Our overall goal is to move you to a place of prevention - a place where you will never have to experience another headache for the rest of your life -- unless you choose to.

What do I do to get rid of the Headache pain?

If you can reflect on what happened before your felt the headache, you'll gain valuable insights. Every piece of information is a clue. Start to notice what was going on, what happened just before you felt the headache. Every one of those little pieces of information that you collect will start to add to the big picture.

Start asking yourself, (your subconscious mind) what happened before the headache came on, what was I doing, what did I eat, where had I been, what was I feeling emotionally. By collecting the pieces and putting them together one at a time, you'll become the master of your own destiny.

If you can be headache free for one minute, you can do it for 5, if you can do it for 5 minutes, you can do it for a half hour. Little by little, you can be headache free the rest of your life.

Why do I have Headaches?

A combination of the following items contributes to both Tension Type and Migraine Headaches. The solutions to any one of these is easy, it's all a matter of choice. Incorporating lifestyle changes may be one of the most intimidating things you'll ever have to do. It will be a huge challenge, but oh, so worth it.

Keep track and see how many of the following are affecting you.

1. Stress -

Stress is one of the leading contributors to headaches. But, it's not the stressors that create the problem. It's the way we have conditioned ourselves to handle the stress.

2. Emotional issues and hidden depression - the subconscious mind is programmed during extreme physical trauma, emotional trauma, or during sickness.

Many emotional issues can lead to depression and depression can lead to headaches. Most emotional issues can be traced back to the beliefs we developed when we were children. If you change your beliefs, you can change how you handle life.

3. Trauma -- Physical or Emotional. Putting the mind in control of our well-being. Listening to the committee for direction.

Whether physical, a blow to the head for instance, or emotional trauma can create conflicts in the neck, shoulder and head area, leading to headaches.

Emotional trauma causes us to overextend ourselves, push too hard, or tells us we have to be number one. Emotional or physical trauma leads to an unbalanced, run-down condition. We're not saying you can't be all you can be and work hard to accomplish your goals and your purpose in life. But being an overachiever leads to an imbalanced state. Letting the body run down. introduces stress.

4. Extreme physical exertion -

When you're not used to it, extreme physical exertion can create headaches. The cells of the body require training so that they can process nutrients in and toxins out of the cells in a timely manner. If we over-do what the cells can handle, we will build up toxins faster than we can eliminate them. This leads to the body indicating to us via a headache that we've overdone it.

5. Becoming overly tired -

Becoming overly tired, due to lack of sleep or even a restless sleep, can put the body in that run down, imbalanced state we talked about. Any time the body is in an imbalanced state, it will let us know, sometimes by just giving us a headache.

6. Foods -

The foods you eat or the type of diet you adhere to can lead to headaches. The systems of the body require certain nutrients to assimilate other nutrients. If you don't have the vitamins and minerals, (because you're not taking them), or they are lacking (because you don't assimilate the ones you are taking), then the body can't digest and assimilate other foods, and will react in ways that we can't predict.

7. Nutritional imbalance -

Nutritional imbalance can come from a diet lacking in nutrients and choosing not to supplement. Nutritional imbalance could be listed number one right up there with stress because a lot of physical and emotional stress is created by a lack of nutrients in our body. We don't get the nutrients we need from the processed foods and we recommend enhancing your diet with supplementation.

8. Medications -

Medications! We could hold a class on this subject alone - but just know that medications are not like foods which the body has been designed to process. Medications are chemicals that force the body to respond in certain ways. The bodily systems must break down and neutralize these chemicals before they can be eliminated. This breaking down process can overload the organs and once again the body will try to tell you what's happening. If you've listened to any drug commercials, many list headaches as a side effect.

9. Rebound Headaches -

Rebound headaches are headaches triggered by the same medications used to bring temporary relief. Sometimes it's prudent to test where you are. Do you still need the same medications? Are the medications as effective now as when you first started using them? Would a newer or a different prescription be in order? Would a lower amount of the medication give you the same result? We're not suggesting that anyone stop taking any medications that might put them into a life threatening situation. Before you implement an evaluation period, check with your physician.

10. Withdrawal headaches -

Withdrawal headaches can happen when we cold turkey alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine. The body adapts and becomes accustomed to the poisons we put into our systems. This is the way slight edge works. This adaptation normally takes place over a long period of time, a little bit at a time. When we suddenly stop whatever drug we're taking, the body reacts once again. It is a way of telling us that it wants whatever you have forced upon it whether it was good for the body or not.

11. Hormonal fluctuations -

(Hormonal fluctuations can normally be tied back to nutrition, rest, exercise, and hydration. If you give the body everything that it requires to stay healthy, it normally will. There are exceptions to any rule, but overall, balance leads to health.

12. Eye strain (eye problems) -

Eye strain can be a forerunner of headaches. When people experience glare, flashing lights, or extra dry conditions, most will squint and tighten up the muscles of the head. Tight muscles in turn restrict blood flow, resulting in tension-type headaches, possibly triggering migraines.

13. TMJD -

(Temporal mandibular joint dysfunction), TMJD. Not everyone who has headaches will experience TMJD, more commonly called TMJ, but everyone with TMJ will normally at one time or another have a headache triggered by that dysfunction. Our DVD, TMJ Relief, covers this subject in its entirety.

14. Respiratory problems -

Poor breathing habits can lead to an excess of carbon dioxide in the body, which in turn can result in tension and migraine headaches. A simple solution would be to utilize the breathing techniques we recommend in this program.

15. Posture issues -

"It is not the condition, it's the position" according to Pete Egoscue who wrote the book Pain Free at your PC. Poor posture puts undue physical stress on the muscles and fascia, (the connective tissue) causing them to react by going into spasm, tightening and becoming painful. Tight muscles always have a quotient of pain in them, and it's due to a lack of oxygen being delivered by the blood.

 

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