Did You Know…
The three most common types of headaches are tension, sinus, and migraine headaches. But headaches can also start from an issue in the neck. These types of headaches are called “Cervicogenic Headaches” and they are mechanical in nature, so taking medication will only mask the symptoms without addressing the cause.
Chronic headaches can cause your nervous system to become sensitized. When your nervous system is sensitized, it takes less and less "stimulus" to kickstart a headache, especially if your days are filled with repetitive motions.
“Rebound Headaches” are often caused by the same medication you use to find relief.
Tension headaches are usually felt across the forehead and last a few hours. Sinus headaches typically occur in the face and are seasonal. Migraine headaches are painful, often felt in the back of the head, temples, or eyes, can last a day or longer, and can produce sensitivity to light and sound.
Cervicogenic headaches are common if you spend long hours at the computer each day, often the result of tightness in the shoulders, a stiff neck, and prolonged poor posture.
Most headache medications aren't designed to be used frequently because they simply address the symptoms, not the cause of the problem
Why It Matters
As you take medication, your body can become sensitized, meaning you need to take more medication to achieve the same result. The good news? Taking care of yourself and creating healthy habits each day can prevent most headaches.
The good news is that many of the most common types of headaches can be reduced or even eliminated by changing just a few of your daily habits.
To break the cycle of daily cervicogenic headaches, you need to address the cause. Staying well hydrated (with water!), stretching at least every hour, and improving the ergonomics of your workstation are all effective ways to reduce your headache risk
Stress is usually the primary cause of all types of headaches. Identifying the type of headache you're experiencing can help you evaluate and manage your stress, whether it's related to fatigue, hunger, caffeine withdrawal, or other factors.
To find lasting relief, make getting enough sleep, reducing stress, exercising, and getting adjusted a part of your lifestyle. Each of these healthy habits will help you make chronic headaches a thing of the past!