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Headache Awareness

Facts about Headaches
Did you more employees miss work due to headaches than from any other single cause? Headaches are so common, researchers have divided them into two categories, primary headaches and secondary headaches.

Primary Headaches

A primary headache refers to a tension headache or migraine. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and it is estimated that nearly 90% of Americans will experience a tension headache at some point in their lives. Migraines are the second most common type of headaches and it is estimated they occur in nearly 12% of the American population. Although primary headaches can be extremely painful they are not life threatening.

Secondary Headaches

A secondary headache is a result of a structural problem in the head or neck. These types of headaches can be caused by a number of medical conditions, from a tumor, to meningitis, to encephalitis. Secondary headaches can be life threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Treatment of Headaches

If you have been diagnosed with a type of secondary headache or with migraines, medical attention may be required for pain relief. If you suffer from tension headaches, there are many over the counter treatment options available to you. Certain non-prescription medications have been proven effective, like:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen
  • Acetaminophen

Other alternative therapies have also been proven to give some sufferers relief, like:

  • Massage therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Yoga and other relaxation exercises

For more information:

  • The National Headache Foundation www.headaches.org
  • The American Council for Headache Education www.achenet.org
  • Wellness Councils of America www.welcoa.org

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