What Causes Headache Pain?

There are many causes of headaches, serious causes range from very high blood pressure, strokes, particularly when caused by bleeding inside the head, all the way to brain cancer. All these are rare. Two very common causes of headache are migraine and “tension” headache. At times, a “tension” headache can evolve into a migraine. If your headache is made worse by moving your head, or by pressing on the areas marked with a star, there is a good chance that your headache is due to over lax ligaments and tendons in the neck.
Pressing hard on these loose ligaments and tendons will cause pain. Your headache may have been labeled as a “tension” headache, meaning it is caused by an excessive contraction of the muscles of your head and neck. It is likely the spasm was due to these muscles attempting to stabilize your head and neck because the ligaments and tendons are loose causing the vertebrae to be unstable.
Headaches are often due to problems with nerves. When these nerves are injured, say, by a whiplash injury, they swell, and produce a peptide called substance P (as in pain), which transmits pain signals to the brain. You can tell if your headache is due to these nerves: all you have to do is press on the skin of your neck, your head or your face. If it hurts when you press, it is likely the nerves that supply these areas are swollen and need to be treated. Nerve pain is unpredictable. It can happen any time, day or night, whether you are moving or sitting still. Pain that comes from the joints or the ligaments or tendons of the neck comes, or gets worse, only when you move.

What Are the Current Headache Treatments?

Can prolotherapy help these headaches? Prolotherapy, a series of injections of growth promoting substances has been shown to be effective in stimulating the growth and repair of ligaments and tendons. Injections to the head and neck ligament and tendon insertions strengthen and thicken them. These stronger ligaments and tendons will help restore the stability of your head on your neck and help correct the cause of these headaches.
Physiotherapy may help this kind of headache by improving your posture and strengthening the muscles which stabilize your head and neck. Unfortunately, it is impossible to strengthen ligaments and tendons with exercise. Since your muscles are pulling on these weakened ligaments and tendons, your symptoms are likely to recur.
How can headaches due to nerve inflammation be treated? There is a new treatment called perineural injection therapy (nerve blocks), which is very effective in stopping the pain by returning the injured nerves to a normal state.. There is now a research project to see how effective nerve blocks is in removing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia. This terrible condition causes excruciating lightning like stabs of pain in the face, yet the pain has been quickly controlled for many months with simple injections of dextrose near the trigeminal nerve outlets in the face. Many other kinds of headaches have been successfully treated with neural nerve blocks. Because this treatment is very safe, it is worth trying at least once, particularly if your pain has not been helped by other treatments.
Chiropractors may realign your neck, but if your head and vertebrae are not solidly stacked and held together one on top of the other by strong ligaments and tendons, it is likely your headache will recur as they once again slip out of place.

Acetaminophen, Tylenol and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin all relieve the symptoms that occur with overstretched ligaments and tendons. They relieve inflammation which is a cause of pain. Unfortunately, inflammation is the mechanism the body uses to repair itself, and using these medications interferes with the process which would help re-grow the affected ligaments and tendons. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory references.
Narcotics can be used to deaden the pain and do not interfere with inflammation, but they can be addictive and should be used very sparingly.

If you have tried all of those and still experience pain, you may want to try prolotherapy. or perineural injection therapy. There is a good chance that one of these 2 therapies can bring you relief from your headaches.

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