Headaches are the most common neurological disorders and are among the most common ailments in the doctors’ offices. The year 2014 has been declared Year against Headache initiative organized by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), to draw attention to a painful and disabling condition that affects a significant number of people over his life.
These disorders are three times more common in women than in men, and usually appear between 10 and 30 years. Although the average is about three attacks a month, sometimes occur several times a week and occasionally throughout life. Crises headaches usually decrease after age 50 and after menopause in women.
Muscle tension and stress, the main Reasons for Headaches
The origin of all these disorders is often attributed to the continued, sustained muscle tension of the muscles of the shoulders, neck, jaw, neck or scalp, as well as a vascular component related to the level of vasoconstriction of blood vessels.
It is also increasingly clear the relationship between headaches and stress. The emission of chemicals associated with vascular changes that causes stress in turn can cause headaches. Stress, anxiety, worry, excitement and fatigue increase muscle tension and changes in the pressure of the dilated blood vessels can increase the severity of migraines.
Among the most commonly used treatments are medications for symptomatic relief for both pain and associated symptoms. Self-medication with these compounds is common, increasing the risk of rebound effect, side effects or dependency issues. Do not forget that all these treatments should be used under the direction of a qualified professional who can properly monitor the prescribed treatment.
Besides the danger of self-medication, research shows that only one third of patients with headaches receive some form of preventive treatment. Furthermore, with regard to corrective treatment, medication is not always followed correctly. Side effects of treatment (fatigue, weight gain and other annoying effects), incompatible with pregnancy; treatment dropout and irregular; self-medication and in some cases the costs associated with medication are some of the factors that cause the wrong track.
Changing habits, proper stress management and anxiety, muscle relaxation, proper nutrition and activity cycles, exercise and adequate rest are essential in eliminating the problem.
Migraine is directly associated with anxiety and mood disorders, allergies, chronic pain disorders and epilepsy. Constitutes a risk factor for ischemic stroke and brain injury, especially in women with migraine attacks, childhood anxiety are associated with later development of headaches in adulthood.
Prevent and correct with Chiropractic treatment
Currently a method of comprehensive preventive and corrective treatment of migraines, treated by qualified Chiropractic, specializing in stress management Psychophysiology and Biofeedback techniques. The method is implemented by combining the two techniques and biofeedback chiropractic process 8 to 10 sessions, with different phases.