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More than 50 million Americans experience headaches yearly with over 1 billion dollars spent on medications to combat it. It is one of the most common complaints heard by practitioners today. There are several classifications of headaches with numerous possibilities for each one.

Tension Headache: This is the most common headache. It is usually caused by muscle tension in the neck, head and upper shoulder area. The pain is usually experienced at the base of the skull, above the eyes and around the temple area. It can last for minutes, come and go intermittently or persist indefinitely.

It can be triggered by:

Poor posture or work conditions
Eye strain
Skeletal misalignment and muscle imbalances
Lack of exercise
Overextended work hours
Poor sleep habits
History of contact sports, accidents, falls, collisions, or concussion
Low blood sugar

We use the following evaluation procedures:

Postural analysis, including possible TMJ involvement
Muscle testing to determine muscular imbalances related to the headaches
Case history to examine daily activities that contribute to the pain
Gait analysis if necessary
Dietary analysis
Ergonomic evaluation

The following therapies are utilized based upon the examination findings:

Muscle work-Trigger point therapy, myofascial work, muscle re-balancing
Cranial-sacral therapy
Home exercise program
Body awareness techniques
Stress reduction program
Nutritional program

Migraines: Upwards of 25 million Americans suffer with migraines including 2 million children. In adulthood, the vast majority of migraine sufferers are women. On the average, these attacks can occur from 1-4 times a month and can last as long as 4 days. Migraines result from a constriction then a rebound dilation of the brain’s blood vessels and result in an intense, throbbing pain that is often quite debilitating. Often the pain is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, noise and movement, loss of appetite. Sometimes the migraine is accompanied by an aura. An aura is a “warning” that a migraine attack is eminent. He or she may see flashing lights, bright spots, colors or lose part of their field of vision.

It can be triggered by:

Food allergies/intolerances
Chemical sensitivities
Digestive dysfunctions-Candida and parasites
Hormonal imbalances-women should note if the headaches occur in rhythm with
their cycles.

Metal toxicity
Stress and insulin dysregulation; possible pituitary and thyroid involvement
Poor detoxification
Nutrient deficiency
Serotonin imbalance

We use the following evaluation procedures:

Personal case history/medical history including familial tendencies
Seven day dietary analysis
Metabolic symptom survey
Applied Kinesiology testing
Laboratory testing as needed-Specific tests are determined by the individuals
particular history and kinesiological test results.

Food intolerance/sensitivity testing
Structural analysis

The following therapies are utilized based on the examination and laboratory findings:

Dietary changes including elimination of food sensitivities
Supplementation program: This may include vitamins, minerals, herbs, omega oils
Individualized nutritional program based on the findings. For example,
Digestive dysfunctions may require support to eliminate intestinal fungal
overgrowth or parasites

Hypoglycemia/adrenal stress will need support to regulate blood sugar levels and stress chemical response
Metal toxicity has specific supplements to extract the metals from the system
The findings will dictate the most important protocol to follow. Often there is
more than one cause contributing to the migraines and they need to be addressed in their priority.

Cranial-sacral therapy
Meridian therapy

Others: There are other contributing factors to headaches. They include:

Sinus infections
High blood pressure
Eye pressure/strain
Side effects from medications
Each of these situations can be addressed individually as part of a patient’s case

Brain tumor and cerebral aneurysm require immediate medical attention