Don't Let Chronic Head Pain Ruin Your Holidays

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but if you suffer from chronic head pain, the extra noise and stress the season brings may be too much to handle.

The expert team at Empower Medical Center knows this problem all too well.  So, if you don’t want to spend the entire month of December locked away in a dark bedroom, try the following tips to manage your pain. That way, you can enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.

Types of head pain

There are many types of headaches, but most fall into these categories:

Tension headaches are the most common type that people experience. They’re a result of tension and spasms in your face, neck, and jaw muscles.

Migraine headaches produce a throbbing pain and usually occur in conjunction with other neurological symptoms such as sensitivity to light or visual disturbances.

Cluster headaches include cycles of pain caused by several headaches, followed by a period with no headaches.

Sinus headaches are caused by sinus inflammation due to allergies or an infection.

How to manage the pain

So, what can you do to fight these types of head pain this holiday season? We have many strategies in our arsenal at Empower Medical Center. Here are a few of the best:

Physical therapy and chiropractic care

Physical therapy can bring your musculoskeletal system back to normal to ease tension and stress on your tissues and joints. With the help of physical therapy, you can reduce the headaches that occur as a result of this tension. Realigning the vertebrae in your spine with chiropractic treatments can also remove pressure and pain caused by inflamed nerves.

Deep tissue massage

A deep tissue massage can be instrumental in releasing the tension and knots in your muscles that are a large part of the cycle of stress and pain you may be experiencing. Once this stress is released, the tension on your head will ease as well.

Maintain regular schedules

Keeping to your healthy sleeping and eating schedules as much as possible throughout the holiday season is essential, as well. If you are staying up for late-night parties (which means less sleep) and skipping meals because you’re too busy (or eating unhealthy fast-food meals), it’s time to slow things down. Skimping on sleep and nutrition is a path that leads straight to more headaches.

Manage stress

Avoiding stress entirely during the holiday season is probably impossible, but stress is a common trigger for headaches, so try to find a way to keep your stress levels low. Your days may be busy, but plan for a few minutes each day where you can have some time alone. Take a walk, practice meditation, do yoga - whatever you need to clear your head. If your schedule threatens to overwhelm you, it’s okay to take a break. Just be ready to take care of yourself.

You don’t have to let chronic head pain ruin your holiday season. Follow the strategies above to manage your pain, and contact Empower Medical Center anytime for a consultation. We don’t want you to fight through the holidays alone. We’re here to help!

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