What type of headache is it?

1️⃣ Tension Headaches are dull and aching all over the head and can be accompanied by tight muscles in the neck and shoulders. They are usually brought on by stress or poor posture.

2️⃣ Cluster Headaches are piercing or burning and occur on one side of the head or behind one eye. The headaches occur in clusters (1-4 a day, with another starting just as one resolves). They are more common in men.

3️⃣ Migraine Headaches are intense with pulsating or throbbing deep inside the head. They are often one-sided and can be accompanied by sensitivity to light or sound. Hormonal shifts can create menstrual migraines around the time of a woman’s period.

There are also several types of headaches that can occur secondary to other causes. For example:

1️⃣ Sinus headaches result from pressure in the sinuses from mucus that results from an infection or seasonal allergies.

2️⃣ Caffeine headaches can happen if you are accustomed to having caffeine on a daily basis but then don’t have it on a given day.

3️⃣ Rebound headaches can occur if you are taking pain medication often (like more days than not).

Some headaches are medical emergencies, if they are caused by something like a stroke, meningitis, or cancer. But the headaches described above can be managed at home and supported by your doctor's recommended treatments as needed.

Keep a log of when your headaches occur so you can search for patterns and triggers. Some of the most common headache triggers are stress and dehydration.

Struggling with frequent headaches?

Let’s look at some natural ways to stop the most common type of headache - the tension headache - before it ever starts.

Tension headaches are often caused by muscle tension, poor posture, and stress.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your number of days with head pain:

1️⃣ Hydrate. One extremely common cause of headaches is simply not drinking enough water. Try coconut water for effective hydration.

2️⃣ Eat healthy meals. If you skip meals or eat lots of sugar or carbohydrates, your blood sugar could crash and trigger a headache.

3️⃣ Avoid trigger foods. Keep a food and headache diary to see if any specific foods tend to trigger your headaches.

4️⃣ Move & stretch. Sitting for long hours and poor posture can stress your shoulder and neck muscles, leading to a tension headache.

5️⃣ Take supplements. Magnesium relaxes your muscles and nerves. B vitamins and CoQ10 support cellular energy production. Feverfew is an herb with a long history of use in traditional cultures.

6️⃣ Try essential oils. Dab or roll peppermint oil into your temples and neck or diffuse lavender in the room. Essential oils can have a calming and refreshing effect.

7️⃣ Take an epsom salt bath. An epsom salt bath will relax your muscles and gently support your body’s detoxification.

If you’re struggling to get to the root cause of your headaches and looking for natural solutions, I can help.