Headaches are no joke. Sometimes, it is lightning bolts through the eye balls that strike out of seemingly nowhere. Other times, it is the throbbing pressure behind the eyes or the tension band that starts in the back of your neck and seizes your entire head. Ever feel like there are dozens of tiny bastard people redecorating the inside of your skull with a hammer, drill, or other painful power tool? You know it is bad when you are left in a dark room, void of any noise other than that of you rolling on the ground crying like you’re being tortured by a Justin Beiber song. Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, and can affect anyone from little kids to the eldest of adults.
Why do we get them? The medical world defines them according to the symptoms that people experience. Cluster, tension, sinus, and migraines are some of the terms that doctors and TV commercials toss around but the medical world is not interested in the cause. Blood work, MRI’s, CT scans, and most other testing methods are more often than not, inconclusive. So without knowing what is causing the headaches, you get introduced to the wide world of over-the-counter drugs and when they don’t work, you get to try the real good stuff…prescription drugs.
The list of drugs thrown at headaches is HUGE! Often, the side effects are worse than the headache! Everything from liver destroying Tylenol to mood stabilizing anti-psychotic drugs that send people on crazy shooting spree rages.(I will take the headache) None of these chemical cocktails even address the CAUSE of the headache to begin with!
So why do headaches afflict so many of us. One possibility lies in our structure, more specifically, the structure that houses, holds, and protects the vertical communication system in our bodies known as the NERVOUS SYSTEM. That structure is the spinal column. When your head starts to migrate in front of your shoulders due to the repetitive stress of your life and gravity, the back of the neck is placed in a stretched position ALL DAY LONG. You guessed right, this is not a good thing. What happens next? Your body starts to follow your head and your shoulders start to round and move forward which make your shoulder blades spread apart putting those muscles in a stretched position ALL DAY LONG. If you didn’t know, muscles DO NOT LIKE being stretched or contracted all day. They’re supposed to be in balance and relaxed once in a while. The tension alone can start to cause headaches. Some research has shown upwards of 80% of headaches is neck and back stress related.
Another possibility is fuel. WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING YOURSELF!? You cannot run a gas engine on diesel fuel, well at least, not for long. Food sensitivities are HUGE! Seriously, most of what people eat is crap. Highly processed, refined, bleached, enriched, de-fortified, re-fortified “food-like” products are what the vast majority of the Standard American Diet (SAD Diet) is comprised of. Addictive ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and known neurotoxins like MSG that damage your nerves are snuck into many of these products to make them taste good so that we buy them. Artificial sugars, colors and flavors, synthetic vitamins in mass amount, even the preservatives used to prolong shelf life have known side effects such as HEADACHES. If it has more than four or five ingredients or you can’t pronounce most of them, just walk away. Watch what you eat!
By making sure that your structure is functioning properly so that your nervous system is operating optimally and giving your body the proper food, your chances of experiencing headaches are greatly reduced. Not only will your symptoms most likely go away but you will actually have a more positive global impact on your body as a whole.
The final main cause of headaches is TOXIC OVERLOAD. Toxins also come in many forms. Environmental toxins in the air we breathe, water we drink, and the places we live and work all have impacts on our health. Also, the toxic load of emotional stress that some endure during their lives can greatly affect how often or if you get headaches. Our bodies are great at two things: 1. ADAPTING 2. HEALING. When the toxic load of stress out-weighs our body’s ability to adapt, things break down and symptoms like headaches can be one of the end results.
It is simple, well far from it but we’ll call it simple. Watch what you put into your body, be aware of the environmental stressors around you, have an interference-free nervous system and a solid, well-functioning structure to protect it. Then, your chances of ever getting a headache are almost nil except for the occasional hangover which is your own fault. Otherwise, try EXERCISING! Exercise has been shown to increase blood flow, improve mobility and decrease headaches. You can make it a headache-free winter and get your life moving in a healthier direction before Mother Nature has her way with us this winter.
Get up, get active!