Are your Headaches a Pain in Your Neck?

Are your Headaches a Pain in Your Neck?

Are your Headaches a Pain in Your Neck? A man walks into his bedroom holding two aspirin and a glass of water. His wife asks, “What’s that for?” The man replies, “It’s for your headache!” “I don’t have a headache,” says the wife. The man replies “Gotcha!” The World Health Organization estimates that 47% of people in the US experience at least one headache throughout the year.1 I would guess that the actual number of people who experience headaches yearly is much higher than that. Headaches are an issue that I have seen with increasing frequency in my practice. They have become so common that many times people don’t consider them a condition, and they never tell me about them until I specifically ask if they have headaches. I must emphasize that no matter how common headaches are, they are still a matter that deserves our attention. First, it’s important that we begin to understand what really causes headaches. Most importantly, what can be done to help those suffering from frequent headaches without them having to run for a bottle of pills every time? The brain itself is insensitive to pain. Therefore, headache pain usually occurs in the tissues covering the brain, the attaching structures at the base of the brain, or the muscles and blood vessels around the scalp, face and neck. The International Headache Society lists 129 different types of headaches, but the general categories are tension, cluster, and migraine. The associated pain is described as sharp, stabbing, dull, throbbing, and vice-like. Different types of physical, chemical, and emotional stress – including fatigue, worry, noise, fluorescent lights,...
Counseling to Maximize Human Potential

Counseling to Maximize Human Potential

Counseling to Maximize Human Potential Our bodies are integrated systems, constantly communicating and transferring information to function and accomplish a goal. In this integrated process, our mind shapes the outcome for most of what we do, which can be led or heavily influenced by our emotions and other physiological processes in our body. The relationship between physiological changes in the body, and change in the mind is reciprocating. What goes into our body, whether it is food that affects our blood glucose, hormones, digestive system and mind, or negative thoughts that affect our belief system, identity, emotions, decisions and actions, all make a difference in how we feel, who we are and our overall experience of life. Our personal feelings, beliefs, thoughts and actions impact our sense of self, experience of life and relationships with others. Much of the meaning and sense of fulfillment in life comes from our beliefs and relationships with our self and others. Objective perspective and a listening ear are often needed to reflect on and assess what we find meaning in, the choices we make, and what we believe of our self and world. Counseling is a service that can meet a persons emotional and psychological needs based on developing a trusting and safe relationship where the struggles and thoughts of life can be reflected on, processed and integrated. Counseling is a service that provides an opportunity of growth, challenge and empowerment for every individual. Through developing a trusting and safe relationship, one is encouraged and empowered to express, explore and discover their unique purpose, identity and struggles. Counseling adds meaning and joy to...