Migraines and headaches are one of the most common health complaints that occur with people these days. So often we are quite happy to take a painkiller and forget about it – well why not, after all the headache or migraine is gone!
Well, the pain has gone, but what of the cause? Your head is very rarely the cause of the pain you experience, so if you ignore the cause what else could it be doing in your body and what could occur in the future if we do not control it now?
Your Body and Migraines & Headaches
The body is an engine and like any machine if it is not given the tools and equipment it needs it will break down and not work as efficiently as it ought to.
A body given poor nutrition and care will get rundown and will be more susceptible to conditions such as headaches and migraines.
Yet, many people with headaches and migraines have relatively good diets and still become rundown – this is largely due to the quality of the food we are exposed to these days, for example recent research has shown that within 24 hours of fruits and vegetables being picked they can lose up to 50% of their nutritional quality.
I have been visited by thousands of people with migraines and headaches and the amazing thing is that contrary to the popular belief that nothing can be done about migraines and headaches except to mask the pain with powerful painkillers – they can often be fixed up relatively easily.
Getting rid of your migraines or headaches does require that you understand a little bit about them.
If you are experiencing migraines and headaches there is a high probability that you have taken painkillers like Aspirin or Paracetamol. I understand why this is done as getting rid of the pain that debilitates so many is the first concern – not necessarily what is causing it or if a complex chemical reaction is occurring in your head.
The first key piece of data you need to know is that headaches and migraines are very rarely caused by the head. They are caused by other sources that affect this complicated part of the body. This is what what we will go over in your consultation.
There are causes of headaches and migraines that have their source in the mind itself – but when the body is not working properly these painful and disorientating complaints are exacerbated.
A common question is:
Painkillers kill the pain but why do I get these headaches? What lies behind them? What is the cause?
There are really only a handful of causes for regular headaches and migraines, which do not have serious injuries or health issues as their cause.
Common causes are:
2) Back and neck
Determining the Cause
To determine the cause of a migraine or headache it is necessary to investigate what is happening elsewhere in the body.
For example, how is digestion? Constipated? For women: how are your monthly cycles? Irregular? Painful? Nothing at all? Even details, such as which part of the head is hurting will help isolate the cause.
One of the most common causes I find when consulting is from the digestive system. It works like this: toxins leak from an overworked or poorly working bowel into the bloodstream reentering the body and rising up to the head causing headaches, but also skin problems and sinus congestion. This is not only with constipated people, but often with people who move their bowel’s at least once a day.
The causes of the bowel allowing these toxins to re-enter the body are quite numerous, but most common are:
- Run down nervous system resulting in
stress on the digestive system.
- Lack of sufficient good bowel bacteria, usually
destroyed by chemicals, antibiotics, contraceptive
pill, and even the chemicals in our tap water.