Headache Causes

Tension- Stress: Certainly the most common cause: Chiropractic adjustments are the most effective treatment for these type of headaches.

Sinus Problems: In addition to a headache, sinus problems are usually accompanied by congestion or mucus.

Hormone Changes: Changes in Hormones during the menstrual cycle can trigger a headache. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can cause headaches.

Physical Exertion / Exercise

Changes in Sleep Patterns: Certainly if you have too much or to little sleep, this can generate symptoms. In addition an inadequate pillow can cause mechanical stress on the neck and generate symptoms.

Weather Changes: In addition, changes in the barometric pressure can cause headaches.

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Food Triggers

Caffeine: In addition, a change in caffeine levels are one of the most common causes of headaches. It is best to avoid caffeine if you have headaches. Sodas, chocolate, tea and even pain relievers can have caffeine. Above all, read labels.

Tannins: Found in tea, red wine, red skinned fruits: apples, apple juice, pears, grapes and cider.

Sulfites: Found in wine especially white wine, most dried fruits, canned vegetables and many processed food. Check labels.

Tyrosine and Phenylalanine: These are amino acids found in chocolate, aged and fermented cheese, all nuts and most seeds. In addition they are also found in citrus fruits and vinegar (red and balsamic), beer, red wine, sherry and vermouth. In addition, tyrosine levels can increase with time. Be careful with leftovers.

Alcohol: Can cause dehydration which can cause headaches. See tannins and sulfites.

Nitrites: In addition, deli meats, pepperoni, bologna, hot dogs, sausages, corn beef and all other meats that have been processed.

Additives: MSG (monosodium glutamate) hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed animal protein, kombu extract. Any product claiming to have “natural flavor” or “natural flavorings”.

Aspartame: Equal or NutraSweet

Five supplements that can help headaches:

  • Riboflavin
  • Omega 3 Fats
  • Feverfew
  • CoQ10
  • Magnesium

Food allergies: Food allergies can generate inflammation and pain. Our office can test for food allergies.

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In conclusion, Chiropractic treatment is the most effective treatment for tension headaches. In addition, for more hidden causes, our office will help you sort these out. Don’t suffer with pain. Call our office today. 309 663-2423.

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