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Debunking Toronto’s Biggest Headache & Pain Relief Myths

There are quite a few myths floating around among Torontonians regarding headaches. To help clear the air a bit, we’ve addressed and explained the most common of these myths.

Young children don’t get headaches.

This is a myth that we hadn’t heard ourselves, but that is floating around there. It’s likely perpetuated by the fact that many younger kids (particularly ones with limited or no vocabularies) don’t have the linguistic ability to distinguish between a headache and other sorts of pain, discomfort, and illness.

The fact is that children are just as susceptible to headaches as anyone else. After all, their bodies use the same nervous and cardiovascular systems that cause headaches in adults.

Migraines are just really bad headaches.

In a literal sense, migraines are really bad pains that take place in the head, but they are actually completely different entities. The relationship between migraines and headaches is like the relationship between heartburn and heart attacks: They both take place in the same general area, but the causes and severity are very, very different.

Only women get recurring headaches.

While headaches are a common side effect of a woman’s biological cycle, recurring headaches can have any number of causes, such as stress from a recurring work event, a regular disruption to sleep patterns, or even as a result from low testosterone.

Headaches originate in the mind.

When you consider stress headaches, it’s easy to see where this myth came from: We feel distress, and we get a headache. However, this isn’t actually the case: The relationship between the mind and headaches is indirect, and has more to do with your nervous system than your conscious mind. When we’re stressed out, our shoulders tense, which disrupts the flow of blood to our brain, which causes headaches.

However, it often occurs the other way around: If our shoulders are tense for another reason (such as an uncomfortable sleep or subluxations in your vertebra), your brain will already be in ‘headache mode’, making you irritable and uncomfortable until your headache causes you to feel stressed.

Either way, it’s important to remember: Your mind doesn’t cause headaches; your body does.

Pain killers cure headaches.

This is partly a misnomer confusing headache medication for pain medication.

Pain medications are meant to block pain receptors, and aren’t ideal for headache pain relief in Toronto. They’re usually not even prescribed for headache pains aside from extreme migraines, and even then they are only used as a last-ditch method to control pain, not to treat the headache itself.

Most headache medications are actually anti-inflammatories, such as ASA (used in Asprin) or Ibuprofen (used in Advil). These are effective at relieving the swelling that causes tension headaches, but don’t help to ‘cure’ headaches in the long run.

Chiropractic treatment for headaches involve working on subluxations that cause the swelling in the first place, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches without the need for drugs.

Chiropractic medicine has also been shown to have a major positive effect on many migraine sufferers for whom anti-inflammatory drugs have no effect (because, you’ll remember, migraines aren’t just ‘really bad headaches’).

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