Among the many causes for headaches are poor posture, alcohol or drug use, reaction to foods, depression, high blood pressure and stress, to name a few.
All pain is a signal of dysfunction in the body that should be addressed. Taking an aspirin or other pain medication simply masks that important signal without addressing the issue. It’s similar to disconnecting the fire alarm in order to put out the fire. Among the many causes for headaches are poor posture, alcohol or drug use, reaction to foods, depression, high blood pressure and stress, to name a few. However, it is becoming more evident that many of these “causes” are only triggers for the real cause, which is tension. Without this underlying tension, being sensitive to a certain food, for example, would not be enough to cause a headache in itself. Tension might be present in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, scalp and jaw. Many of these muscles contain trigger points that refer pain to specific areas of the head. Normally these trigger points can be easily released using the correct techniques and therefore eliminating current and future headaches. The fascia can also be extremely tight, binding these muscles, restricting movement and adding to the problem. There are many causes of tension of the neck muscles. Sometimes it’s just a habit, a learned pattern of holding tension in that area. Sometimes releasing the tension will also release the emotions that caused the tension, allowing access to the real source of the pain. Often a headache is just the tip of the iceberg, with the strain and tension linked to other areas of the body, most commonly, the hips, back or the chest muscles. These muscles must also be addressed to achieve a lasting effect.