By Be Well Health Coach Kerry Bajaj
One of the most rewarding things I’ve seen through working with Dr. Lipman is when he tells a patient with headaches or migraines “we can help you.” Here are 2 causes of headaches that you may not have considered:
1. Tension in the Neck and Jaw:
If you hold tension in your neck or jaw, it may be causing or contributing to your headaches. All the pain medication in the world won’t help to release the tension. One way to release the tension is through acupuncture, and another way is through Active Release Technique (ART) which is a form of deep tissue work.
Dr. Keren Day, our Active Release Practitioner at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center says that “90% of patients who come in with headaches and migraines have muscle tension in the neck and jaw. The jaw is the most overlooked muscle group in the body — stress, clenching and grinding cause extreme tension that can trigger headaches.”
Dr. Day says that if you have headaches that repeat, you are likely doing something that’s causing repetitive stress. This could be looking down at your tablet, your cell phone, or your laptop. “Doing work on your laptop in bed is a big problem, because you have to look down at the computer,” Dr. Day explains. It’s best to work on a computer that’s at eye level. “Sleeping on your stomach with your head turned to the side can also cause tension in the neck.”
2. Food Sensitivities:
Often migraines are linked to food sensitivities. The best thing to do is follow an Elimination diet where you take the foods that most commonly cause allergies and sensitivities out of your diet for 2 weeks. These include gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, even citrus, strawberries and nightshade vegetables. The Cleanse diet is an elimination diet protocol. After 2 weeks, you can re-introduce foods and see if any affect your symptoms.
Do you have any tips that have helped you relieve headaches? Please share!