Headaches

The causes of headaches are numerous and so are the pain patterns they create. Headaches, in general, are multi-factorial - that is, they have many causes which, when present at the same time, will trigger a headache. Some of the factors known to trigger different types of headaches include red wine, certain scents, certain foods, stress at work, tension, bright light, noise, and problems in the joints, nerves and muscles of the neck. When the right combination of triggers are present, a headache occurs. We cannot control many of the triggers, such as noise or smells in the air; however, we can control a few and often that is enough to prevent a headache. Obviously, if a certain food triggers a headache and you can avoid that food you will be at a lesser risk of having a headache. One of the most overlooked yet easiest factors to control is a problem in the upper neck.

The upper part of the back of the neck is where we find numerous little muscles and nerves which can become irritated and contribute to headaches. Chiropractors are well-trained in detecting these problems and eliminating them. Often, these problems are the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back and if you can eliminate them, you can control your headaches.

Tt is also important to understand that medication such as Tylenol or Aspirin only mask the symptoms of a headache. Chiropractors search for the cause of the headache. If you can remove the cause you remove the symptoms as well.

Here are some foods known to trigger headaches in some people:

  • Ripened cheeses (cheddar, brie, camembert)

  • Herring

  • Vinegar (except white vinegar)

  • Anything fermented, pickled or marinated

  • Nuts, peanut butter

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

  • Onions

  • Aspartame

  • Sour cream, yogurt

  • Red wine and other alcoholic beverages


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