Even if our brain itself is insensitive to pain, other regions of the skull such as the scalp, face, mouth and throat have nerve fibers that are sensitive to pain and which can hurt. Headache – or cephalgia – commonly is used to describe any type of pain that one could feel in these sensitive regions of the skull.
Headaches can be classed into two groups: Primary headaches, such as stress headache, cluster headache and migraine headache, which are not associated with any disease; And Secondary headaches which are associated with a disease.
Headaches are the most typical nervous affliction. Everyone will be affected by them at one point in their lifetime, but for 55 million Americans, it is an everyday experience. According to the World Health Organization, one adult in 20 suffers from recurring headaches, with females being more at risk than men.
Headaches can be highly handicapping and might very negatively affect the individuals who suffer from them. Work ability is reduced for these individuals, which can negatively affect their economic situation.
Social skills are also lessened as the suffering, or the fear thereof, sometimes makes people more tense. People with migraine may even have to constantly pay attention to everything they eat, everything they see, and last but not least everything they smell, because some strong or disagreeable sensations may cause pain.
Because headaches are perceived as such an ordinary, benign condition, the persons who suffer from them on a regular basis also have to endure the incomprehension of other people. This social barrier can also deter people from seeking medical attention and looking for a proper treatment. But before being treated, a headache needs to be “identified”.
We have seen before that there were two main categories of headache: Primary and Secondary, each divided in turn into many other subcategories. Their symptoms can vary as well as what causes them and, obviously, the way they can be cured. This is why they have to be effectively identified by a specialist in order to receive proper treatment.
Stress headache, also known as tension headache, is the most typical sort of primary headache and is responsible for an estimated 90% of headaches. It is traditionally considered stress-related or related to musculoskeletal problems in the area of the neck.
Tension headache is mostly incidental and can last from a few minutes to a few hours, but may last for many days in the most severe cases. It is typically described as a strong steady pressure, usually on each side of the head, or encircling it, sometimes also extending to the neck.
Migraine is kind of different and is believed to most certainly have a genetic origin. Migraines occur when the brain releases substances that cause pain, that spread around the nerves and vessels of the head. Migraine usually happens once a month and persists for a few hours, accompanied by symptoms like nausea and intolerance of normal levels of light and sound.
Cluster headaches usually occur frequently and are short lasting. They are also very painful. They happen in clusters of six to twelve weeks and every 1 or 2 years, very often at the same time of the year. The pain is incredibly raw and affects all of the head, generally beginning in the eye, and then affecting the forehead, nose and mouth. It is much more rare than some other kinds of headache and usually affects men.
Headaches are generally treated using over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol. A doctor could also tell you to avoid some typical causes of headaches such as noise or some kinds of foods.
Caffeine, Magnesium and Vitamin B2 have also been regarded as effective in order to treat migraine. Drugs are however expensive and can have undesired side effects, especially for people who must use them on an everyday basis. This is why you may want to think about other ways of preventing and fighting the different kinds of headache.
NLP and Hypnosis were indeed proven to be working and can help you to eliminate pain in any part of your body, including the head, as well as becoming more relaxed at the same time. Stress is one of the first causes of headache, and adequate hypnotic techniques exist to eliminate both stress and headaches in a few seconds.
People who have migraine or cluster headache are usually able to feel the first symptoms before the migraine actually occurs, and could learn self-hypnosis techniques to abort them before they become too painful. Therapists who understand how handicapping a headache can be have developed these therapeutic techniques.
Hypnotherapy is a drug free modality and will help you find the relief you have been looking for. Headache is a serious condition with various forms, affecting millions of people worldwide. Learn to overcome it and to relax with the appeasing method of self-hypnosis.
Alan B. Densky is an NGH certified Hypnotherapist. He has developed a very effective migraine and headache relief hypnotherapy program.
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