Understanding Headaches and Headache Treatment
Headaches are defined by pain in the face, head and/or neck. Doctors are taught that headaches are usually caused by a disturbance in the blood vessels and/or nerves in the face, head and/or neck, and Dr. Blatman’s research has shown that this is not true. Your headache does not come from your head… and not your blood vessels and not your nerves. Sometimes headaches are a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
- Too much alcohol
- High blood pressure
- Diseased blood vessels in the brain
Headaches can be debilitating, even when they don’t have a serious underlying cause. Headaches are an extremely common ailment; the medical community estimates that over 75% of adults will experience headaches at some point. One issue is that “medicine” has identified some 150 different types of headaches. And thereby we need different medicines and protocols for each variation in symptoms.
What we at the Blatman Health and Wellness Center have learned from over 30 yrs of practice and teaching doctors who use our techniques is that most headaches are caused by a lifetime of injuries to the muscles and facia in your head, neck, upper shoulders and jaw that hold you together, combined with an immune system response to the toxicity of “food” and environmental poisons.
Just touch your neck, upper shoulders, and even jaw muscles. DrB has never seen a person with a headache who does not have tight and tender myofascia in at least some of these areas. And everybody’s central nervous system interprets this information differently, so we have made up lots of different “types” of headaches from which to choose a name. Most of the time the only REAL difference is how one person’s myofascial injuries are interpreted by their particular brain.
The reason your muscles are tight is because of a lifetime of injuries as you lifted, carried, jumped and rolled. Maybe you also got hit. The reason the muscle fibers are stuck together is because of the toxicity of food and environmental poisons.
Anything that helps make the tender places less tender will help reduce the headache. Bodywork, needles, herbs, energy healing, mind body, as well as mindful hydration, altering your sleeping position, and doing biofeedback can all be helpful.
Headaches Are Not What We Were Taught
Pain is not what we were taught in medical school. And headache is also not what we were taught. Perhaps that’s part of why doctors struggle so hard to classify so many different kinds of headaches…because the classifications are essentially meaningless.
Everything you have ever learned about headache is just theory. Very little has been proven. And ANY theory offered to explain pain that ignores fascia and our immune system has missed so badly that it does not have a clue.
If headaches are not coming from infection, alcohol, tumors, blood pressure, or aneurisms, they are coming from fascia and are myofascial pain.
Most all headaches are essentially the same, and they all go away the same way… unkink the fascia and heal enough from your injuries that this combination of injuries and kinks (trigger points) becomes ignorable, just like other injuries in your body that are under your radar. DrB says: “To see what I mean, just look for the kinks and tenderness in parts of your body where you don’t think you have pain.”
The Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine
There is no real difference in cause between migraine, tension, post traumatic, and cluster headaches. They are just variations on the same theme. They all come from the tender muscles and fascia of your head, neck, upper shoulders, upper back and jaw. What confuses us is that we all experience the pain in any different ways…as many ways as there are kinds of headaches.
Migraines occur when the central nervous system has had enough toxic input from injured muscle and fascia that it starts to generate its own pain pattern, causing the various phenomena called aura. If you can keep this toxic input below the threshold, migraines can be mostly avoided. Botox decreases this toxic input by paralyzing the muscles so they are physically unable to tighten their kinks.
When it comes to treatment, medications only work temporarily… which means at the end of the day that they do not work. One of the reasons headaches are such a struggle for many people is all about food.
Unfortunately for our patients, there is a serious do not eat list of “foods” that cause the immune system to make our fascia strings glue themselves together, lighting up a lifetime of kinks and injuries like plugging in a bright multicolored lamp.
When a Headache is an Emergency
If your headache comes with other symptoms like sudden onset of debilitating pain, vision issues, vertigo, change in speech, fever or vomiting, or stiffness in your neck, these could be symptoms of life threatening issues like bacterial meningitis, stroke or an issue with your spinal fluid. You should seek medical attention immediately. With headache pain, if it seems like an emergency, treat it like one. Better safe than sorry.
Try Some Natural Headache Treatments at Home
To help yourself, perhaps start by keeping a good sleep schedule and drink more water. Also limit your caffeine intake and alcohol consumption. Stay away from tobacco. Low magnesium levels are also associated with chronic headaches, especially so called cluster headaches. Making sure you have a healthy exercise regimen may help as well. There is also a “Do Not Eat List” of inflammatory foods to avoid. Sign up for our newsletter and download it. With any medical issue, if you can resolve it with some simple lifestyle changes, you should.
Headache Treatment in Cincinnati and New York
There are currently a lot of pharmaceutical options for headache and migraine treatment on the market. However, they all come with risks like heart problems or increased chance of stroke. Blatman Health and Wellness Center of Cincinnati and New York offers alternative headache treatments that don’t come with the health risks traditional medications present. And they work well enough to make many headaches go away. Our focus on regenerative medicine and treating the patient comprehensively means we are researching and practicing the latest in holistic medical technology that reduces pain from fascia. Call our office today for information on techniques we use to treat headaches.