What is a Headache?

A headache is one of the most common forms of pain that an individual may feel. Millions of people have headaches, sometimes regularly. Despite this, if the headache is chronic or is severe, then treatment is probably necessary.

What causes a Headache?

Headaches can be caused by physiological, environmental (such as poor nutrition or hydration) or genetic factors, or a combination of factors. In many cases, regular, everyday headaches are due to lifestyle habits or changes in an individual’s daily routine. This could be missing meals, a lack of sleep, stress, or not having a stimulant, such as coffee, upon which one is dependent. Headaches during pregnancy are common, especially in the first trimester.

There are also other causes such as genetics; many cases of chronic or severe headaches are known to be inheritable.

Symptoms of Headaches include:

  • Pain (dull, throbbing, piercing)

  • Limited or decreased cognitive abilities

There are many functional difficulties resulting from headaches, some of them more significant than others. These include:

  • Inability to concentrate or focus in class due to unending pain

  • Inability to focus or complete homework or study for an exam

  • Difficulty working, or inability to work at all in cases of chronic or cluster headaches

  • Inability to socialize or go out due to aching or throbbing pain

Over the counter medications can ease a headache and the pain usually abates after a few hours. In some circumstances, the pain can last longer or may even be chronic. If this is the case, the headache could be the result of another underlying issue, such as an intracranial bleed, head trauma or concussion.  In these situations, a thorough investigation is warranted. If the headaches are chronic, then it is suggested that the individual receives treatment in order to prevent impairments in living a normal and fulfilling life.

How we can help?

There are many effective treatments for treating headaches. The most effective treatments are Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Functional MedicineBiofeedback reduces hypersensitivity of your nervous system thus reducing the impact of triggers on your nervous system.  Neurofeedback reduces instability in the central nervous system as well as it will reduce depression and anxiety associated with chronic headaches.  Functional Medicine will allow one of our trained professionals to examine the true nature of the problem and then correctly provide solutions to reduce or eliminate the pain. We also offer Microcurrent Therapy that uses very low stimulation technologies to alleviate your headaches.  Finally, Psychotherapy in the form of Clinical Hypnosis can help alleviate any emotional root causes of headaches.