How many types of headache are there?
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According to WebMD, 150 diagnostic headache categories have been established!
- Tension headache, the most common
- Headache from allergies
- Sinus headaches
- Headache associated with flu and infections
- Headache associated with organic diseases like multiple sclerosis
- Migraines and vascular headaches
- Hormone headaches
How many Americans suffer headaches?
Data collected by the National Headache Foundation indicates that approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches.
What type of headache responds best to massage?
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and these can be easily alleviated or cured by therapeutic massage. When neck and shoulder muscles are tight and ischemic, tension headaches are likely to occur.
Will massage alone cure frequent headaches?
Massage will usually alleviate a tension headache. Unless lifestyle changes are made, tension headaches tend to recur. When stress or tension headaches occur several times per month, or more frequently, it is important to receive massage on a regular basis. Wellness education, stress management and healthy changes to personal lifestyle are also necessary to cure headache syndromes.
Which muscles are usually involved in tension headaches?
Clenched jaw muscles contribute to tension headaches. Teach yourself to relax the jaw. Keep your mouth gently closed. Frequent stretching of the jaw helps too. Tightness of the muscles at the base of the skull also contributes to tension headaches. These are called the suboccipital muscles. To improve muscle tone in this area, correct the position of your head. Use a mirror to observe head and shoulder posture. When the head moves forward in space and the nose tilts slightly upward, the muscles at the base of the skull and at the top of the spine become very tight or hypertonic.
Are tension headaches dangerous?
Tension headaches are always accompanied by ischemia or lack of blood flow to the brain. The neurons and other cells of the brain need full blood supply. Poor circulation to the brain can also impair perfect mental functioning.
Get Treatment Now for Tension and Stress Headaches
For the past 20 years, Dr. Joan Sloss, Ed.D. LMT, has treated headache, muscle spasm and other soft tissue pain problems. Dr. Joan is joint owner of the Healing Unleashed holistic medical center located in the Spring Hill West Office building in South Lakewood and serving metro Denver and Colorado patients. Joan holds a doctorate in human movement and has over 2000 hours certified training in physiotherapy including certification in medical massage and certification in wellness.
Dr. Joan Sloss will review your pain problem with you by phone to determine whether or not muscle spasm is present. Full assessment of the problem and effective treatment take place during your appointment for therapy. Call Healing Unleashed at 303.986.0492 now to make your appointment.