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Headache Relief

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Headache relief often involves popping a pill that can make matters worse! Try a natural approach instead!

You’re in pain, and the only thing you want is relief. You’ll do anything to get rid of the headache pain that affects your life on regular basis. But you’ve tried so many drug therapies that your head is spinning and some that have made your headaches worse, not better. Others pose a risk for addiction and still others cause rebound headaches, the very condition they’re supposed to be helping! Taking a pill for a headache that can cause another headache? Ridiculous!

Are you tired of all that pain? Then maybe it’s time to consider a safe and natural alternative, one that works to eliminate the cause of your headaches – it doesn’t just treat headache symptoms!

Traditional Headache Relief

Traditional headache relief and treatment has centered on finding the best medication or drug “cocktail” that boasts success in preventing your headaches from starting or in providing quick relief from headaches after symptoms are present.

Treatment is based on the type of headache you have, and usually includes the administration of either over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics (i.e., aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen) or prescription pain medications to relieve headache symptoms. For migraine headache sufferers, prophylactic (preventive) medications are often prescribed to ward off headache symptoms in the first place. These medications are generally taken on a daily or periodic basis, depending on the cause of your headache.

The difficulty with medications is this – what works for one person doesn’t work for another and can in fact make headache pain 10 times worse! Those who take over-the-counter headache pain relief medications falsely believe that they are not at risk for any serious side effects. And… because these medications are available without a prescription, those with chronic pain tend to “self-medicate” as needed, often exceeding dosage recommendations. Side effects from overuse include rebound headaches, stomach irritation, stomach bleeding, drowsiness, heart-burn, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness, ulcers, and serious liver and kidney damage. And these are just the OTC headache relief medications!

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The side effects of headache pain relievers – even those sold over the counter – are often worse than the headache symptoms themselves!

When we start talking about prescription medications, side effects are a whole different story! There are so many headache relief medications available and side effects can be serious or even life threatening. Side effects may include: burning, numbness, or tingling of the skin; dizziness; drowsiness; feeling of heaviness, pressure, or tightness; feeling strange; mild, temporary flushing; muscle aches; nausea; neck stiffness; throat or sinus discomfort; tight feeling in the head; tingling; tiredness; vomiting; warm/hot sensation; weakness; severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody diarrhea; chest pain; confusion; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; hearing problems; numbness or tingling of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; pain, tightness, or pressure in the jaw, neck, or chest; seizures; severe headache, dizziness, or vomiting; severe or prolonged flushing; severe stomach pain; shortness of breath; speech changes; very cold or blue fingers or toes; vision changes or loss of vision; wheezing.

Would it surprise you to learn that these potential side effects apply only one medication prescribed for headache pain relief – Imitrex®?

And what do headache relief medications typically address? Symptoms. They do nothing to address the cause of your particular type of headache in the first place. They either treat or attempt to prevent symptoms. That’s it.

Alternative Headache Relief

There are many non-drug headache relief therapies that may help depending on your types of headache and the frequency, severity and duration of your headaches.

Some of these include:

  • Message therapy that stimulates the release of endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. Massage therapy also releases muscle tightness which may provide headache relief for some types of headaches, such as tension headaches.
  • Reiki that transfers energy from practitioner to patient, via the practitioner’s hands, to balance body energy and stimulate the body’s natural ability self heal.
  • Biofeedback that has been found to reduce both the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that attempts to replace negative thought patterns with positive thought patterns known to promote wellness.
  • Psychological counseling that may address difficult life and stress issues that can cause tension headaches.
  • Herbal therapy, including Feverfew, Ginkgo biloba, Ginger, Kava kava, and Valerian that are often used in the management of migraine symptoms.
  • Acupuncture, which may be used as a preventive treatment for migraines.
  • Chiropractic care that has been shown to be extremely effective in providing headache relief by reducing or eliminating the cause of most headaches.

Of these, what do you think is the one most people choose? f you guessed chiropractic care, you’re entirely right. In fact 14% of all visits to chiropractors are for headache relief! Why? It’s because chiropractic care is the alternative therapy with the highest success rate for correcting the cause of most headache symptoms.”

Headache Relief – The Way Nature Intended!

What makes chiropractic so effective in providing headache relief? It’s because chiropractors don’t just treat symptoms; instead, they look for the cause of your headache symptoms. They are highly trained, educated and licensed practitioners who are recognized by federal and state governments. They can’t prescribe drugs or perform any type of surgery; however, many health insurance policies allow coverage for chiropractic care.

So, just how do chiropractors provide headache relief if they don’t prescribe medications? They locate and correct misalignments in your spine that are interfering with the ability of your central nervous system to keep you healthy. This nerve interference can be the cause of headache pain – no matter what type of headache you have.

When a bone in your spine is out of place, it presses on nerves that exit the spine above it and below it. When that happens, the nerves are unable to carry communication signals from the brain to the affected body part. Chiropractors are able to locate and correct these misplaced vertebrae using gentle spinal adjustment techniques. When the bone is back in place, pressure is taken off the affected nerves and the body begins to heal on its own, as nature intended.

Want to Learn More?

The sponsors of ChooseNatural.com are chiropractors who want to see you obtain relief from your headache pain. They take the time to learn about the symptoms, severity, frequency and duration of your specific headache types and provide you with a thorough examination.

Because falls, accidents and injuries often cause spinal misalignments in the first place, obtaining an accurate health history is very important. By going back through your own life, you may remember a specific time when you suffered head trauma, maybe as the result of a fall off a bicycle or a football injury. It’s this type of event that causes spinal bones to move out of place. Millions of people have found relief from all types of headaches because of chiropractic care and it sure beats treating symptoms that often return when you rely on medications that have risky side effects!

Of course we can’t guarantee any results, but chiropractic care wouldn’t have become the most widely sought after alternative healthcare approach for headache relief if it wasn’t effective, now would it? Give one of our sponsors a call today to see if chiropractic can help you get headache relief!

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