It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck.
More people complain about headaches than any other ailment; they can interfere with school, work, or just enjoying a quiet moment of reading.
Yet, know that you are not alone.
We can experience headaches in different manners.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes cites tension headaches, vascular migraines and cluster headaches.
The Institute cautions, that these headaches can be warning signals of problems that require professional help.
However, when serious conditions have been ruled out, like Aneurysms, then we need to resort to preventive measures that can be more helpful than our all too common habit of popping pills.
There have been reports stating that there is good clinical evidence that for most headaches that we experience, a single dose of any headache medicine, such as aspirin or Tylenol, can give you the same result as a double dose of them.
We need to be aware that in some instances, these medications can intensify the pain rather than eliminate it if you are allergic to either one.
Also, take it from someone who's been there, start with the lowest dose of pain medication, because if the headaches are chronic, you system usually becomes resistant to whatever you are taking, and will eventually demand a stronger dose to get rid of the pain; So, what do we need to do in order to get quick relief, improve our health and avoid the headaches? Make sure you do not have a physical condition that is triggering your headaches above all.
Some studies recommend treatments by qualified chiropractors, massage therapists or osteopaths as another alternative.
These treatments alleviate stress, balance the body's energy and regulate the disturbances of the nervous system all of which can be headache-causing-factors.
We tend to overlook our computer posture, we either bend over our screens or it is too high and we strain our necks until we develop a literal pain in our necks that extends to a headache or worse, a migraine.
We also tend to sit stooping in our chair rather than sitting straight.
We need good posture to avoid pain.
Now we come to the nitty-gritty and possibly the most common causes of headaches or migraines.
Food allergies are often among the most prevalent reasons.
We should avoid foods with additives, eating whole foods, fresh whenever possible.
Nothing that contains nitrites which are used to enhance the food color and extend the shelf life of the product.
Other culprits are red wine, MSG, hard cheeses, aged cheeses, chocolate (although good in small quantities) can also trigger headaches or migraines; citrus fruits, tomatoes, (they are acid), eggplant, fried foods and foods that are fermented or marinated with vinegar.
Natural health specialists Jams Balch, a physician and Mark Stengler, a doctor of naturopathy, suggest two supplements to counter headaches.
Magnesium lessens migraines and prevents tension headaches; Riboflavin prevents migraines.
Consult you physician for dosages.
Incidentally, this article is written by Gladys Alvarez