Headaches and neck stiffness; the problem with ibuprofen.
Have you taken ibuprofen? Many people experience normal problems such as headaches or neck stiffness and pain. Are these problems really normal? Of course, we blame these problems on the stress we experience. Have you ever wondered why other people who are under as much stress as you are do not get headaches and neck stiffness? Unfortunately, most people are used to the idea that for temporary relief, they can take… Exactly, what is that medication relieving? If that medication worked so well, why is it that you continue to experience these symptoms? Did the medication really work or did it just relieve the symptoms of a potentially more harmful problem because we did not understand why we were having headaches and neck stiffness in the first place.
In the book Cheating Mother Nature, we find out that symptoms in the neck and headaches are likely from a source seemingly unrelated to your neck and head; you feet and your body style and its effects on the pelvis. What is wrong with my body style you may ask? The key is asymmetry. For those who have had the experience of visiting multiple doctors, taking multiple tests that yield little useful information other than which stronger medication you should take for the symptom, you may wish to take a fresh look at yourself, and this book will help you do that. It is also likely that if you do experience problems in the feet, legs or knees from time to time, they are related to the way you stand and walk. When you sit, these tightened tissues will pull all the way up the back into the skull causing tension resulting in headaches and neck stiffness which is worsened by stress rather than caused by it.
You may ask why your doctors never told you about how body style and posture causes neck stiffness, pain and headaches. The answer is that they just do not know, and were never trained to understand it. While they are experts on different body parts, and systems and how to balance things like blood pressure and how to screen your overall health, they have a huge blind spot called the musculoskeletal system (read this post for more details). Since many symptoms overlap the musculoskeletal system, many pains and symptoms we experience are from the musculoskeletal system, however, since most physicians look at your parts, your tests, and unless they are holistic in their approach not at you, you are likely to experience many unneeded tests which come back negative. If most doctors understood the musculoskeletal system better, it is quite likely we would see fewer hospitalization, joint replacements, tests which would ultimately result in lower healthcare costs for everyone. The good news is, you can become a better educated healthcare consumer.
How can you understand your neck pain and headaches better and find better solutions?
1. A chiropractor is most likely to look at you, not just your symptoms. Sports chiropractors will also look at your extremities which often are a root cause of back and neck problems.
2. A massage or myotherapist is quite help, especially in conjunction with chiropractic treatment. Many chiropractors now use both myofascial release combined with rehabilitation regimens and of course chiropractic manipulation to relieve and resolve all sorts of headache patterns without the long term side effects of medications such as ibuprofen.
3. Read the book Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain available through Amazon.com. It is not just a self help book, but it puts you in charge and helps you find the best ways to help yourself become a better healthcare consumer.
What do you think? As always, I want to hear your thoughts.