What Kind of Headache Do YOU Have?
There are many types of headaches and various triggers for headaches but headache pain is – well – a pain!
According to Web MD – “About 30%-80% of the adult U.S. population suffers from occasional tension headaches; approximately 3% suffer from chronic daily tension headaches. Women are twice as likely to suffer from tension-type headaches as men”.
Symptoms include increasing muscle tension, headaches that occur later in the day, with pain present much of the day increasing in intensity as the day wears on. Triggers for tension headache include inadequate rest, emotional or mental stress, depression and anxiety.
Sinuses are air-filled cavities (spaces) located in your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. When sinuses becomes inflamed there is swelling and increased mucus production eventually causing the channels to become blocked. The increased pressure in the sinuses causes a pain similar to that of a headache.
Sinus headache symptoms include deep, constant pain, – usually facial – in the cheekbones, forehead, and bridge of the nose. Your sinuses may be blocked or there may be sinus drainage, sometimes with post nasal drip that is thick and sticky. Clogged ears and ear popping sensation with pressure are common.
Did you know that Chinese medicine suggests that common American food choices cause an excess of mucus? Mucus causing foods include wheat, dairy, sugar, and cold raw foods such as an excess of fruit and salad in the diet. Dairy products are especially mucus producing! Chinese medicine recommendations on diet may surprise you!
Most people with migraines have tried several medications by the time they try acupuncture. Many of my patients with migraines have had the symptoms for years. Migraines may come on suddenly but are usually preceded by a key set of classic migraine symptoms including visual disturbances, an ‘aura’, or neck tension prior to becoming severe. Patients take medication at the first sign and can usually prevent a full blown migraine. But the migraines seem to return again and again, interrupting daily living. Acupuncture helps migraines! Even migraines that are accompanied by nausea/vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound are relieved with acupuncture.
No matter the type of headache – sinus headache, tension headache, or migraines – call me. I have treated hundreds of patient for headache pain who now live pain free lives.