The Warning Signals
A Headache is one of the body’s most powerful warning signals and it can often be a sign
of something physical or psychological. There are several different types of headaches
and they vary depending on where the pain occurs.
These are tension, cluster, simple and combination headaches with migraines being
extremely intense, with nausea and vomiting usually accompanying the migraine.
The pain can be started by a number of things. A very common cause is tense muscles
in the head or neck. Headaches can also be symptoms of withdrawal from OTC pain killers,
caffeine, emotional stress, allergies and alcohol to name a few.
Tension headaches: Many people feel pressure due to the change in the weather.
The barometric pressure in the atmosphere causes the blood vessels in the head too
constrict and expand which causes tense muscles in the back of the head or neck.
The swelling of blood vessels, inflammation of the nerve endings or muscular contractions
at the base of the skull causes the head to pound or throb.
Cluster headaches: Are recurring and can be due to a number of factors such as
high blood pressure, injuries, or alcohol. Triggers can be hairsprays, perfumes, cleansers
and many other things.
Simple headaches: Give you that pulsing, hammering feeling in the head. Fever,
lack of oxygen, blood pressure or stress can cause this headache.
Combination headaches: Give you a dull pain that can start in the morning and is known
to reoccur between migraine attacks. The cause is still unknown.
Migraines are severe and are caused by the dilation of the blood vessels in the brain.
Often the pain is on one side of the head with possible loss of vision, flashing lights,
fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. The Causes can be hereditary or possibly circulatory trouble.
Some foods have been known to trigger a migraine such as chocolate, nicotine,
tea to name a few.
There are some natural remedies that can be just as effective as prescription drugs.
Some are relaxation exercises, massage and homeopathic treatment. These can help
prevent or relieve the pain caused by the different types of headaches.
Headaches can be relieved by applying a cold wet compress to the area and putting
a few drops of peppermint oil on the compress and apply for 15 minutes. Using
acupressure, squeeze the fleshy webbing part of your hand between your thumb and
index finger until you begin to feel relief. Using relaxation, give yourself a footbath
which moves the blood from your head to your feet. You can restrict your contact
with outside activity and getting fresh air will help.