Nearly everyone has had a headache. But, there are some people that have learned how to eliminate them and during the year they might have one or two. Most of these headaches are usually related to stress, depression or anxiety. The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension headaches are due to tightening of muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw. You are most likely to get tension headaches if you work too much, don’t get enough sleep, miss meals or use of alcohol.
Very few headaches have serious underlying causes, but those that do require urgent medical attention. For example, a severe headache may be a sign of meningitis. Then there are the most common headaches in women – the migraine headaches. Migraines can originate from some brain disorder, from neck vertebrae shifting, or from anxiety. In elderly people, a headache with tenderness of the scalp or temple may be due to temporal arthritis, in which blood vessels in the head become inflamed.
Now, why is it that headaches become a common problem among people? They become a common problem since they affect our daily routine. A mild or severe headache is a nuisance, which takes the joy out of life. Once you have a headache, you became agitated and irritable it becomes hard for you to focus on what you’re doing. Headaches decrease your awareness and give you tunnel vision – vision where you are concentrating your pain and not what is happening around you.
According to a recent survey, seven out of ten people have at least one headache a year. The majority of headaches last for only a few hours, but some can persist for weeks. Migraine headaches are the most severe headaches, which can last all day and can occur everyday. Nearly forty-five million Americans suffers from chronic headaches and most of these headaches cost billions of dollars in lost productivity every year and plenty of misery.
A majority of headaches come from anxiety and neurosis. I know many people will deny that they are neurotic, but this does not change that fact that they are. Denial is the first signs of neurosis. People don’t know how neurotic or how much stress or anxiety they have. They go day by day stressing over their day job, their children, their school, and the relationships they have. Stress causes neck and shoulder muscle tension causing imbalances in the muscles holding the neck vertebra in place. This can lead to simple or severe headaches.
If you have re-occurring headaches, take time to get a shoulder and neck massages every once in a while. Compliment this with getting a chiropractic neck adjustment to release the muscle imbalances that can cause your headaches.
Headaches can have many causes, but serious causes of headaches are rare. Sometimes headaches warn of a more serious disorder. But, if you have a sudden or severe headache, it is best to seek medical help right away to see if it is related to a serious disorder or just related to your unhealthy lifestyle.