Managing headaches naturally without medications

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Headaches are one of the most prevalent nerve disorders that affects millions of people each year.  Fortunately, many of them can be managed through natural means, without having to reach into the medicine cabinet.

Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut was Dr. Robert Kipp and Bryana Schrum, from Pro-Health Chiropractic in Southport, to talk about managing headaches naturally.

Dr. Kipp first reviewed what a headache essentially is and what it has to do with neurological irritation. Dr. Kipp says most people are always surprised to hear that headaches are not “brain aches”, but actually an irritation to the nerves that are all around the head and face.  These irritations can come from a lot of different things, but fortunately there are a lot of little things people can do to help minimize them, or even avoid them all together.

News 8 anchor Stephanie Simoni then asked Dr. Kipp about some of the most common causes for headaches. Dr. Kipp The most common type of headache is Tension Type, and as the name implies…its caused by an increased level of tension of the person.

Kipp says what ends up happening is the majority of the muscles in the base of the skull and the ones that are used for clenching the jaw tighten up around the nerves and just really start to irritate them.  This causes the nerves to transmit a “warning signal” that the brain processes as pain.  Other causes, depending on the type of headache, can be food sensitivities, poor posture habits, and weather changes.  But all of them share one thing…nerve irritation.

Bryana Schrum is Dr. Kipp’s chiropractic assistant, and she touched on a few quick, easy things you can do to manage headaches naturally:

1.        Stretch and massage the muscles at the base of the neck

2.       Monitor stress and tension. Make sure your posture at work is well-maintained, check lighting, monitor stressful situations.

3.       Avoid food triggers, including sugar, chocolate, gluten, and dairy are some of the most common headache triggers.

4.       Have your vision checked. A yearly eye exam should be done to make sure you’re not straining to see.

5.       Stay well hydrated. Make sure to drink ½ your body weight in ounces every day.

6.       Chiropractic adjustments. Removing nerve stress and ensuring proper movement can help avoid headaches.

Dr. Kipp says the more people can do, the less likely they are to have to suffer from headaches.

 

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