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    Introduction

    Are headaches ruining your life? Do you miss work due to headaches or migraines? Do headaches affect your ability to enjoy life to the fullest? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone.

    According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million people suffer from chronic recurring headaches, and of the 28 million who suffer from migraines, about 20% are children and adolescents.

    Many years ago while studying martial arts, I was allowing myself to be put in a headlock during a training demonstration when I felt a sharp pull on the right side of my neck. Afterward, I felt fine, nothing that a little Advil couldn’t help, so I continued my martial arts training and completely forgot about the incident.

    About a year later, I noticed that I was starting to get one or two headaches per week, usually originating from the right side of my neck. This was something that I had never experienced in the past. Over the next couple of years, the headaches got more and more frequent, about four to five per week, and I noticed I was relying on medication to get through the day.

    In looking at the cause of headaches and doing some post graduate studies, I found that most headaches today, including migraines, are really muscle tension headaches. These headaches have a musculo-skeletal component, which means that any past injury, such as auto accidents, even minor fender benders that most people overlook, can be a major contributing factor. I had overlooked what I thought was a minor martial arts injury, but what I realized is that it had set me up for a chronic headache syndrome that started a year later.

    Now, as a chiropractor, I should have known better, but up until that time, my practice consisted mainly of treating lower back pain. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, most chiropractic research was done on lower back pain syndrome and all of the studies showed very favorable results.

    Initially, my research began by evaluating my diet. I found that certain foods seemed to contribute to my headaches and that caffeine seemed to eliminate my headaches. Although I loved to eat cheese on crackers, I found that certain cheeses, such as aged cheese, seemed to give rise to a headache. Red wine was another culprit. Of course, aged cheese and red wine seemed to go really well together! In doing further research, I found that certain foods, including nitrates and some food colorings, increase blood flow to the brain, causing headaches in some people.

    Something else my research led to has to do with body positioning and sleep ergonomics. I found that if I took a nap on the sofa or fell asleep watching TV with pillows under my head, I usually woke up with a stiff neck and would get a headache within the next 24 hours.

    Stress was another offender, especially mental stress. I noticed that if I had a particularly stressful situation at work or home, even though I thought the problem was resolved, I usually woke up the next morning with a stiff neck and a resultant headache.

    I realized that I needed to address all of these issues if I was going to get a handle on my headaches. Over 45 million Americans each year, one out of every six, suffer from chronic headaches. In this book, I will explain why that is. I’ll explain what the “typical” treatment plan is and why it doesn’t address the problem. Then, I’ll present an effective, common sense approach to dramatically reduce, if not totally eliminate, your headaches within the next 30 days.

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    Why Headaches and Neck Pain Are So Common Today

    Today, neck pain and headaches are extremely common for adults, children and senior citizens alike. There are, of course, a small percentage of people whose headaches may be a result of a severe disease process. The majority of people, however, can be helped through a common sense approach, because most headaches are a result of the typical American diet, bad posture and past injuries.

    Certain foods can elicit or set up headaches. Stress, both physical and emotional, can also have a direct effect on the “fight or flight” mechanism, stimulating an increase in adrenaline flow, which causes an elevation of blood pressure.

    In today’s society, the use of computers has quadrupled over the last 10 years. The problem is not the computer, but the ergonomic position it puts us in. Typically, while spending more than 30 minutes on a laptop or desktop computer, most of us tend lean forward, putting the head in a forward position over the shoulders, causing stress and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back area. This posture is commonly known as Forward Head Posture (FHP), and it generally happens when the computer screen is too low, coupled with the repetitive motion of moving the head forward to read the screen. This position causes tension and stress on the neck and sub-occipital muscles.

    Unfortunately, FHP isn’t limited to adults. The over-use of video games, texting and computer use have begun to affect many at a very young age. Most teen and preteen children spend hours sitting in one position, causing the body to adapt to this bad posture. As a result, it’s not uncommon for preteen children to experience headaches and neck pain.

  • About the Author

    Dr. Anderson has been a practicing Chiropractor in the Bucks County area for over 25 years. His practice specialty has been in the treatment of headaches and the correction of Forward Head Posture. Dr. Anderson is married with 2 children and resides in the Chalfont area.

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Eliminate Your Headaches

This book provides a convenient, easy to read holistic guide on natural ways to eliminate headaches quickly. It discusses a variety of treatments because no one treatment works to eliminate headaches for everybody.

Dr. Anderson begins with a review of the common misconceptions about headache treatments and look at why most people get headaches. Included is an overview of some headache triggers that are common in our everyday diet as well as the harmful effects of conventional medicine commonly used for headache relief.

The book addresses headache relief from different disciplines, including chiropractic care, diet and nutrition and stress management. As a chiropractor, one of the most common complaints that Dr. Anderson sees in his office is neck pain that is associated with a headache. The single common denominator with this type of symptom is a condition known as Forward Head Posture. Over the past 10 years this has become an epidemic, probably due to technology, the use of computers, texting and simply bad posture. Even children as young as 10 years old with complaints of neck pain and headaches have been brought in with Forward Head Posture, mainly due to excessive use of computer games. Dr. Anderson discusses the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments and how posture, body positions and traction tools can alleviate this condition.

Next he covers dietary changes that can help reduce headaches. Some people can have allergic reactions to certain foods that are very subtle but can cause a headache. Dr. Anderson recommends a gluten-free, paleo diet; that is, you can eat meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional vegetables and seeds – no wheat, rye or barley, and only whole unprocessed foods.

He also discusses supplements that have shown to offer a natural solution to the treatment of headaches such as magnesium, riboflavin, CQ10 and Butterbur. The exact doses and how they work are explained in further detail in the book.

As you can see this is an overall approach that covers many areas. This information is not only safe and natural but effective in reducing if not totally eliminating your headaches in less than 30 days!

I have referred patients to Dr. Anderson with forward head posture and headaches. His treatment along with information in the book has been invaluable and has shown great results.
Dr. David Qu
MD, Highpoint Pain & Rehabilitation Physicians PC
Chalfont, PA

The information that Dr. Anderson provides in this book is very helpful in eliminating the cause of many types of headaches. I highly recommend it for the lay person and professional alike!
Dr. Daniel Skubick
MD, The Neurologic Group of Bucks/Montgomery County, LLP
North Wales, PA

I recommend this book to all of my patients as a common sense approach to preventing neck pain and headaches. I see Dr. Anderson myself as a patient and have received tremendous results.
Dr. Jennifer O’Connor
MD, Grand View Medical Practices
Chalfont, PA

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