A headache is a pain in your head or neck. Headaches are symptoms of a problem somewhere in your body. They are telling you that you need to pay attention to your body.
One in seven Americans suffer from headaches that are so severe that they have to totally stop what they are doing or dramatically cut down on their daily activities.
And, to make matters even more confusing, each person experiences their headache symptoms uniquely, there is not “one size fits all” headache!
What Causes Headache Pain?
Headaches can occur in different places on your head—the top of your head, your cheeks, your temples, the back of your head and even down into your neck.
But the bones of the skull and the tissue in your brain actually don’t hurt—they can’t. This is because they don’t have any pain-sensitive nerves.
The nerves that cause your headache pain are called nociceptors, and they can cause pain when they are stimulated or activated by:
- Muscular Tension
- Dilated Blood Vessels
Once these nerves are stimulated, they send a message along the nerve fiber to the brain, telling your brain that your body (in this case, your head) hurts.
Your brain interprets the message, and you feel the pain.
Endorphins and Headache Pain
In addition, there are chemicals in your body that help transmit pain-related information. For example, endorphins, the chemicals that make us feel positive and happy, also prevent or reduce the feelings of pain.
People who suffer from severe headaches have fewer endorphins than people who are generally pain-free. Did you ever notice that, if you are feeling low or depressed, it hurts more when you cut a finger or stub a toe? That’s real, not just your perception!
You need to know exactly where your head hurts, to determine the cause of your headaches. That is because headaches are not a disease. They are the way your body tells you that there is something wrong in some part of your body.
Why Hypnosis Helps Headaches
The most common type of headache is the stress or tension headache. I’ll bet you’ve had at least one in your lifetime. They are caused by stress and tension, and they can be disabling.
When you are hypnotized, you enter a state of deep relaxation. Your blood pressure goes down, your muscles relax and your brain activity changes. This is the opposite of the stress that can intensify pain and cause headaches.
There are a number of studies that prove the effectiveness of hypnosis for treating tension headaches and pain.
When you use Ease Tension Headaches, you will relax and feel calm and happy. You can expect to fel relief right away, during the first session.
How Bad are Headaches?
Headaches are not a disease—they are a symptom of something else. And that “something else” can be physical or psychological. It can also be simple or serious.
But don’t think that a headache that is emotional hurts less or is all in your head (no pun intended). A headache with psychological causes can be every bit as severe as one with physical causes. And you have to treat both kinds with equal fervor.
With headaches, you need to heal mind, body and spirit. If you neglect doing this and try to rely on pills and quick fixes, you will be unsuccessful.
When Headaches are Serious
In order to treat or get rid of your headaches, you need to know what is causing them.
Headaches can be very serious, a symptom of a potentially life threatening disease like cancer. A headache can be an indicator of a stroke, which is an emergency.
Or headaches can be a tip off that you have low blood sugar, pneumonia, or that you are starting into menopause.
Finally, headaches may simply be telling you that you are under too much stress, drinking too much or not allowing enough time for relaxing activities.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Headaches
The first step in getting rid of headaches is to figure out the cause. Asking yourself the following questions will help you and your doctor determine the reason for your headaches.
- Relationships – Are you happy with your partner or spouse? Are you having problems with your kids? Is there tension between you and your parents or siblings?
- Your job – How is that going?
- Are there any stressful events happening in your life – kids away at school, family member in accident, aging parent needing attention, friction with a neighbor or someone at work…
- What happens when you first start to get a headache?
- Is there any other pain at that time (i.e. your neck)?
- How long do your headaches last? You’ll have to pay attention for this one, as we tend to forget a headache as soon as it’s gone.
- How long have you been getting these headaches? Days, months, years?
- Has there been a change in the frequency of your headaches? Do they come more or less often?
- Exactly what part of your head hurts during your headaches? Does the location of the pain change during the course of the headache?
- Is there a pattern? Do they occur at the same time of the month, on weekends, after sex, after exercise or when you are especially tired?
- Do you wake up with a headache in the morning? If so, does it go away or does it get worse as the day goes on?
- What kind of pain do you experience? Throbbing, sharp, dull, pressure? Is it always the same or does it change during the course of your headache?
- Do any of these make the pain worse: sneezing, coughing, bending down, turning your head quickly or standing up?
- How do you know you are getting a headache? (Flashing light, diarrhea, vomiting, watery eyes, nausea, feeling irritable)?
- What do you do to relieve the pain? Does it work?
- What other medications are you taking? Include birth control pills, prescription medicines and even over the counter medicines or recreational drugs.
- Do you have any diagnosed medical conditions? Are they under control?
- Other family members who have suffered from headaches, including migraines.
Answer these questions and you’ll be much closer to finding out the reason for your headaches.