90% of Americans suffer from headaches, either occasional or often, at levels from irritating to debilitating pain/nausea. Do you bear with it and keep going, lie down for awhile, or take a pain pill and wait for the pain to go away? There is a better answer. Research shows that Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation can be effective for muscle tension headaches and those that originate in the neck.
About 5% of headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems, that include foods, outside stimuli (lights, noise, stress) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, ect).
95% of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types are not caused by disease, and the headache itself is the primary concern.
What else can you do? If you spend a lot of time in one position at work or home, take a break and lightly stretch each hour. Low impact exercise may help relieve headache pain. Drink plenty of water each day to avoid dehydration, which leads to headaches. Avoid teeth clenching, which causes stress at the temporomandibular joints which leads to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.