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Oh, My Aching Head! Try These 8 Headache Relievers First

Oh, My Aching Head! Try These 8 Headache Relievers First

Into every life a few aches and pains fall.  According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 20 people in the developed world suffer with a daily tension headache. Before you reach for a bottle of pain killers, try these pain relievers first.

Understanding the Types of Primary Headaches

There is a lot of confusion over the types of primary headaches, those not caused by another issue, e.g. sinus headaches.  Many people claim to have a migraine, when what they really have is a tension headache.  The level of pain does not determine the diagnosis.

A tension headache is the most common type of headache and is characterized by pain that affects the whole head. Some sufferers experience the pain in the back of the head; others feel it across the forehead.  Some people report a sensation like a tight band around the head or muscle tension in the neck and shoulders.  Even though tension headache sufferers may  be sensitive to light and sound, tension headaches tend to grow in intensity, which gives sufferers time to counter. They are typically not incapacitating.

There is a misconception that “migraine” means severe headache.  While migraines can be painful, the name refers to a type of headache. Migraines result from specific physiologic changes in the brain that lead to pain. Those changes are fluctuations in certain neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that send messages between brain cells.  Regular hormone fluctuations can be a trigger.  Then again, so can consumption of certain foods or a simple change in barometric pressure.  Migraine headaches are associated with symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, blind spots, pain on one side of the head, numbness or weakness in the limbs. After puberty, migraines affect more women than men.

Cluster headaches tend to occur daily for periods of a week or more with long spans with no symptoms between episodes.  They are caused by a sudden release of histamines and serotonin in the brain.  Sufferers may experience symptoms like sharp pain behind one eye, one eye gets watery or inflamed, and/or the sufferer experiences a runny nose.  This type of headache affects more men than women.

Headache remedies to try before reaching for a pill

If you’re like many of our patients, you prefer to only use medication as a last resort.  Here are some remedies and treatments to try before reaching for that pain killer.  (Did you know that overusing pain killers can make subsequent pain feel more intense?)

1 – Drink 16-32 oz of  Water

Cigna Health reports that 75 percent of  Americans are chronically dehydrated.  Health Factors suggests that 80% of all headaches are caused by dehydration. The idea is that dehydration causes blood volume to drop, which results in less oxygen rich blood flow to the brain and dilation of blood vessels and triggers the sensation of pain.  So make sure you and your children drink enough pure water daily!  What’s enough? Try this formula: Body weight/2 = Minimum number of ounces to drink daily.

2 – Essential Oil

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A couple drops of peppermint oil could put your headache on the run.

Some headache sufferers experience relief by rubbing a bit of peppermint oil on their temples and on their necks.

3 – Cold Therapy

Apply a cold compress to the area for 15 minutes to slow blood flow and reduce inflammation. (Conversely, others find relief with warm compress therapy, but this is Dr. Duddey Sportscare, where we cheer for Elsa in Frozen, Frosty the Snowman, and the Snow Miser!)

4 – Peppermint Tea

If your headaches include a little nausea, go for a cup of peppermint tea.  Peppermint has been used for millennia to calm muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.  And herbal tea will also help rehydrate you.

5 – Acupuncture

Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic headaches.

Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic headaches.

While it may take a few treatments to dial it in, acupuncture can help chronic headache sufferers by reducing muscle tension and  encouraging the release of painkilling endorphins.

6 – Activity

If you’ve been sitting in the same position for hours, it’s time to get up and get the blood flowing! Stretch periodically throughout the day

7 – Chiropractic Care

Regularly scheduled chiropractic care has helped many people overcome chronic headaches.

Regularly scheduled chiropractic care has helped many people overcome chronic headaches.

Your chiropractor can use a variety of treatments to offer relief to the headache sufferer.  At a minimum, your chiropractor adjust your spine relieving any impinged nerves or rotated vertebrae.  Massage or physical therapy treatments may be added to address muscle tightness and spasms to offer relief.

8 – Coffee

Sipping a small cup of coffee can provide the right amount of caffeine  to block the neurotransmitter adenosine, which causes blood vessels to dilate and create pain-causing pressure. Caffeine constricts those vessels and relieves pain.  This method is effective for people who consume about 150 mg of caffeine (about a 12 ounce coffee) daily. If you are a coffee achiever, your blood vessels may not be as responsive.

 

 

 

Sources that helped inform this article:

  • medicinenet.com
  • webmd.com
  • New York Times, Really? The Claim: To Prevent Migraines, Drink More Water, 8/15/2011
  • RealSimple.com
  • CignaBehavioral.com
  • HealthFactors.com

 

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New Treatments Offered: Acupuncture and Urban Zen Integrated Therapy

We told you things were going to get exciting when we moved to our new location.  We are about proactively preserving wellness here. That’s why we encourage our patients to come in for regular maintenance checks.

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is now offered at Dr. Duddey Wellness Center.

Acupuncture is now offered at Dr. Duddey Wellness Center.

Last month we introduced you to our new acupuncturist, Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM.  Some of you met her in person at our last Wellness Talk and some of you scheduled an appointment.  Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.

In a session, Milissa will talk with you about what you’re feeling or experiencing.  Then, she’ll take your radial pulse and may palpate your abdomen.  Next, based upon what you and your body has shared with her, Milissa will insert between five and 15 needles on various parts of your body.  These needles are extremely fine. Think about the fine filament you might see in a mini light or fairy light.   Once in place, the needles will stay in place for up to 45 minutes while you lean back and let your body do its work.  During this time, patients have been known to experience tingling, warmth, coolness, buzzing or nothing at the insertion sites.

URBAN ZEN INTEGRATED THERAPIES

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Urban Zen Integrated Therapy therapists use pure oils in their treatments.

We are excited to announce that we now offer Urban Zen Integrated Therapies at Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center.  Urban Zen is an approach that treats the patient, not the disease. It combines eastern healing techniques, yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care to address the needs of the patient.

Patients who add Urban Zen to their wellness program can expect to start off talking with their therapists to identify the issues they want to address.  Therapy may include yoga poses, essential oil therapy,  and Reiki.

Reiki is a Japanese technique to reduce stress and promote relaxation by channeling chi by laying hands on or just above the patient’s body.  Some people report feeling “energy flowing” or “release” after a session.

We’re excited to bring these choices to you to add to your wellness regimen and hope you’ll schedule an appointment with either Milissa for Acupuncture or our friends at Urban Zen.

Stay tuned! There’s more to come.

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Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting Pics

Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting Pics

Thanks to everyone who came out on October 10, 2014 to celebrate the official grand opening and stayed for the ribbon cutting with the folks from the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to our wonderful patients, family and friends who came out to celebrate with us, we were also thrilled to have a number of local, county, and state officials take time from their busy schedules, too.

We also were able to introduce some of our new partners in wellness as well, including:

  • Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM our acupuncturist
  • Urban Zen Integrated Therapies practitioners
  • Juice Plus
  • doTerra Essential Oils

Here are the pics! Of course, we’ll be adding to these as well and making them available on our Facebook page!

Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center is now open!

Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center is now open!

Thanks again to everyone who helped us celebrate!

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UPCOMING WELLNESS TALKS!

Our first two wellness talks have been quite good! Folks have been asking good questions and getting solid answers.

In September, Dr. Duddey addressed the need to come in for regular maintenance checks to maintain wellness.

Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM discusses acupuncture with the audience, including Dr. Duddey.

Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM discusses acupuncture with the audience, including Dr. Duddey.

In October, we introduced Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM, the newest addition to the Sportscare Center family, and our acupuncturist. She introduced the audience to acupuncture and discussed her approach to this ancient Chinese approach to wellness.

UPCOMING WELLNESS TALKS

Our next two wellness talks are scheduled for November 12, 2014 and December 10, 2014 and will be held at 7:30 p.m.  We are still deciding on topics and are open to suggestions. What do YOU want to learn more about?

These talks are designed to give you good information about maintaining wellness and keeping you at your best.  They provide a forum where you can get answers to your questions and see that others share your commitment to wellness.

Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

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Grand Opening – October 10, 2014

Join Us for our Grand Opening

Join Us for our Grand Opening

 

We hope to see you all there for our grand opening celebration.
Come see all the additions to our wellness center, including:

  • Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Essential Oils
  • Nutritional Support

We are looking forward to seeing you! Be sure you’re there in time to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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Treatment v Prevention: Is Your “Check Body” Light Illuminated?

 

 

Prevent pain rather than react to it.

Does it take your Check Body light to be illuminated to seek care? There’s a better way. Beat pain to the punch. Prevention is preferable to treatment.

Do you run to the doctor only when you feel pain? This is the treatment path.  Sadly, many people see their health care providers as people to treat symptoms. They only adopt healthier habits after symptoms occur or they are admonished by their doctors. Even then, many on Team Treatment only maintain their healthy ways until the symptoms disappear, then they slide into their old habits.

In my mind this is like only getting your vehicle serviced when the “Check Engine” light is illuminated.

I believe it is preferable to prevent pain than treat it later.

Join the Prevention Party

Maintaining health is an ongoing process. Just like it is better to prevent car problems with regular maintenance, it is better to prevent injury rather than to treat it once it happens. It involves preparing for activity, activity itself, good diet, and good preventative treatment.

Would you consider yourself fit if you only complete one workout or enjoy one healthy meal? Certainly not. Most people realize that regular, ongoing exercise and enjoying healthy foods for most meals and snacks are critical to improving and maintaining physical fitness.

Prevention

Regularly scheduled maintenance appointments help prevent issues before they start and keeps you running!

Our nervous system is assaulted daily through poor posture, repetitive stress, injury, poor diet, inadequate blood flow, and other stressors. Regularly scheduled chiropractic treatment can counter those daily assaults. 

Many Chiropractors, like me, want you to know: Keeping our patients in proper alignment allows their central nervous systems to better address daily stress from environment, illness, injury, and other offenders. Ultimately reduces the probability that something in the body will malfunction or lessens the effect of a malfunction.  

It really is like taking your vehicle in for routine maintenance to avoid an unexpected breakdown on the road. 

So, before your “Check Body” light illuminates, bring your body in for a tune up.

Click here to schedule your tune up.

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NEW LOCATION OPENS JULY 9, 2014!

The moment we’ve all anticipated for months is here — Dr. Duddey Sportscare’s new location opens July 9, 2014!

Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center is moving to its new location! The Center opens on July 9, 2014.

Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center is moving to its new location! The Center opens on July 9, 2014.

To facilitate the move we will be closed on Monday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 8. If you had an appointment scheduled for those days, you should have been contacted by phone and asked to reschedule.

What you can look forward to at our new location:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture  (coming soon!)
  • Active Physical Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Wellness Classes
  • More pleasant surroundings to facilitate healing and wellness

We look forward to seeing you on July 9!

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New Dr. Duddey SportsCare Center Coming Soon

“If you build it…you’re gonna need permits!”

As you know, we’re building a new Dr. Duddey SportsCare Center just 350 yards away from our current location.  What the voices never cautioned Ray Kinsella, the character played by Kevin Costner in The Field Of Dreams, about was the permitting process.

Once the new Dr. Duddey SportsCare Center is built, and permitted, we hope you’ll come and visit often! We’re looking forward to providing chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, as well as yoga, wellness classes, and more at our new location.

Here are a few photographs of the progress at the new location. We’re getting more and more excited as progress is made.  What are you most looking forward to at the new location?

The address for the new Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center will be:

6090 Warner Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Phone number will remain 714-377-0078.

 

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The banner atop our new location at 6090 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA

New Dr. Duddey SportsCare Center - Tear Down

Tear Down Begins

 

New Dr. Duddey SportsCare Center

Goodbye, Ceiling!
This is real!

 

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Tear down continues in the three suites Sportscare Center will occupy.

Blueprints for the new SportsCare Center at 6090 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Blueprints for the new SportsCare Center at 6090 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

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Our new Multi-Purpose Room will allow us to offer Active Physical Therapy, Yoga Classes, and Informative Wellness Classes, too!

 

Looking toward the PT Room

Looking toward the PT Room through the MultiPurpose area.

 

Reception Area

June 19 – Reception Area

Walls Going Up

Framing the walls at the new location

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Good News For Your Aching Feet – Plantar Fasciitis Home Treatment

Oh, your aching feet! Specifically, your heels!  If you’re experiencing foot pain, you very well may be suffering from plantar fasciitis (say “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus) or a really grouchy, strained, inflamed plantar fascia.

This protocol is for home use and is intended to help aide in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the strong fibrous connective tissue that is located under the arch of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. This is most often due to overuse whether from standing, walking, running or wearing shoes that due not support the longitudinal arch of the foot. It extends from the front of the heel bone to the base of the toes.

 

When the plantar fasciitis gets irritated it causes pain while weight bearing particularly in the morning or when initiating exercise. Plantar fasciitis left untreated can lead to heel spurs that may require surgery. Plantar fasciitis may subside over time with rest but if it persists, these suggestions that can be done at home will help alleviate the pain.

 

First, heat the area for 15-20 minutes using a warm bath or heating pad. This helps soften the tissues as well as bring extra blood flow to the plantar fascia.

 

Then, while seated roll a golf ball under the arch of the foot from the front of the heel to the base of the toes using moderate pressure. If you find a particularly tender area, you can concentrate pressure in this area. Do this for 5 minutes, then repeat on the other side.

 

Next, stretch the calf muscles is essential to relieving the strain on the plantar fascia. Do this by sitting with your leg extended forward, then pull the toes back towards your body using a belt or a towel with your leg straight for thirty seconds and repeat three times. Then bend your knee approximately 30 degrees and repeat the stretch three times for thirty seconds.

 

Lastly, ice the plantar fascia buy rolling a frozen water bottle under the foot while seated. By freezing a plastic water bottle it is easy and convenient to ice the area from the base of the heel to the balls of the feet. Since the ice is being applied directly to the plantar fascia, 5-7 minutes is all that is necessary, but may be repeated several times per day to reduce inflammation.

 

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Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center is Moving!

Sportscare Center New Location

Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center will see patients at our new location at 6090 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 starting June 2014.

Dr. Duddey Sportscare Center is moving from the friendly confines of 24 Hour Fitness and opening a new office about 350 yards away in WarnerDale Square, near Sebastiani’s and Harvey’s Steakhouse. Our last day at our current location will be May 30, 2014. We will start seeing patients at our new location on June, 2014. (*** STAY TUNED! OUR OFFICIAL OPEN DATE MAY CHANGE. OBTAINING THE REQUIRED PERMITS IS TAKING A LITTLE LONGER THAN WE ANTICIPATED.)

Our New Address will be: 6090 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

We are looking forward to having a place of our own with quieter massage rooms, space for passive and active physical therapy, and new treatment rooms.  Please stay tuned to our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Google Plus page for updates.  If you haven’t signed up for our enewsletters,  please click on the green button to give us your first name and email address.

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