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...

Adrenal Fatigue – Kelsey Becker

Adrenal Fatigue -Kelsey’s Story It was a Saturday night when we picked our daughter Kelsey up from the airport. She had just returned from Guatemala, her second mission trip with our church. She had been so excited to go because she was going on her own – without us this time. As a young adult she wanted to prove to herself and to us she could do this independently. After we came home we talked to her about the trip. As she was talking, it seemed as if she just couldn’t collect her thoughts. It seemed as if her thoughts were so disjointed. Her Dad, Wayne, and I attributed it to her being overly excited to share her mission experience. So, we blew it off and thought we’d hear more about it when she was rested. The following morning another perplexing thing happened. We were at church and the group from the mission trip gave a presentation sharing their travel experiences. The next thing I knew Kelsey ran out of the room crying, she couldn’t get herself under control. Yes, she is sensitive, but this was a little uncharacteristic of her. We talked in the hall and she still couldn’t seem to express what she was thinking. It all seemed a little odd. Wayne and I tried to make sense of it by saying it must be due to lack of sleep. Kelsey had left on this trip with so much energy and excitement. She had come such a long way in the past few years. While living at home, she had started school at the community college, which...
Benefits of massage

Benefits of massage

For the longest time, massage therapy was viewed as just a luxury, and not important in our normal healthcare routine.  As we have learned so much more of the benefits of regular massage, it has become something that is necessary for our total body health and wellness.  Just getting one massage can ease pain just as medication, acupuncture, exercise and yoga do.  Therapeutic and relaxing massage has endless benefits for the body and mind.  I will discuss the mental rewards at a later time, but want to first go over the general body perks. It promotes deeper breathing.  You breathe deeper during a massage which is vital to ensure oxygen flows throughout the body, encouraging healing and growth in the process.  Decreased oxygen results in headaches, tension and pain that can turn into a more significant issue over time.  Deeper breathing, will increase oxygen levels and naturally promotes the release of toxins and negative energy throughout the body. Increased range of motion.  Injuries and daily activities can limit our joint mobility.  Massage can relieve stiffness by circulating body fluids that naturally lubricate the joints.  Think of getting a massage like changing the oil in your car.  It does not work as well if you never do it. It helps stimulate circulation and detox lymphatic fluid, which boosts your immunity by increasing white blood cells. Repetitive motion and over use of muscles can cause muscle tension and pain, which can lead to nerve compression. It helps relieve muscle stiffness, tightness, spasms and restrictions in the tissue. -It helps to free adhesions, break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation. Massage therapy goes well beyond just...