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Kin Wai Wu, MSPT
Have you experience an intense pressure that feels like your head is going to explode? Many Americans have this kind of experience, and no one should have to live with it. Headaches often come packaged with neck and shoulder pain, but regardless the causes there is help for this condition. There are many categories of headaches; however, I am going to talk about two of the most common headaches today: tension headaches and migraines.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. 9 out of 10 adults have tasted the bitterness of this torture. Physical and emotional stresses are the major causes of tension headaches. Our neck and jaw muscles are likely to tighten up during a stressful event, which is part of the fight or flight response. Our body is trying to prepare itself from potential harm. While truly life-threatening events are not so common for most of us in today’s society, it is still possible that your work could escalate stress and tension in your body. It does not matter if you have a desk job or working in a construction site, it is imperative to take breaks at work. I always recommend my patients to take a 5 minutes break every 60 minutes of work. Also, A good body-mechanic at work and a strong core could diminish most work induced stress.
Migraines are also a very common in the United State. They have made 28 million people in The U.S. kneel in submission. They are so powerful that they literally make their victims lie still in a dark and quiet place like prey hiding from their predator. Migraine symptoms may include moderate to severe throbbing pain in head, nausea, eye pain, an inability to perform any activity, and severe sensitivity to light and sounds. As if that wasn’t enough, the migraine can inflict its torture on a person for up to 72 hours! That’s half of your week!! Unfortunately, there is no “magic pill’ for migraines, but there are many ways to diminish the fire from the dragon’s mouth. First, don’t allow yourself to be over stimulated by excessive lights or sounds. If you work at a computer all day then do your best to rest in the evening, for even just five minutes. Just close your eye, turn off your cell phone and relax! Secondly, stay away from chemicals that trigger migraine headaches. Avoid any kinds of alcoholic beverages, caffeine, aspartame, and processed foods. Is it really worth having 3 days of agony for a few minutes of pleasure? Thirdly, get a therapeutic massage from a professional massage therapist at least once a month to relieve your neck and shoulder tension.
If you have any question, feel free to contact us at SageMED.