The Headache Rx

(CARLSBAD, CA) – Between work, school, laundry, cooking, cleaning, friends, family, volunteer service…It’s easy to lose your head in today’s fast-paced world, especially if you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from headaches on a regular basis.

Finding headache relief isn’t easy. That’s why Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends keeping a headache diary of your signs and symptoms. Then, see if your headaches fit into one of these categories.

  • Tension Headaches – Accounting for 90 percent of all headaches, the tension headache typically involves constant pressure on both sides of the head. While these headaches are inconvenient, they generally do not pose a greater health danger. Some typical antidotes for tension headaches include sleep, mild exercise, acupuncture, massage, and relaxation techniques.
  • Migraine Headaches – Migraine headaches often include severe, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head, accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, as well as nausea and disturbed vision. The migraine headache can last up to 72 hours, and is intensified with physical exercise. Twelve percent of the population suffers from migraine headaches, yet only half of these people are diagnosed by doctors. So, if you experience symptoms associated with migraine headaches, make an appointment with your doctor, pronto!
  • Eye Strain Headaches – In this generation of technology, eye strain headaches are becoming more common. If head pain erupts as you spend countless hours checking e-mails or bidding on online auctions, try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, peel your eyes off of your computer screen and focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Then, return to your tasks at hand. If your headache symptoms continually appear after reading and computer work, you may have a condition called asthenopia. See an ophthalmologist for an official diagnosis.
  • Sinusitis Headaches – Pain in your cheeks, above or behind your eyes, and around the bridge of your nose may be sinusitis. Sinus headaches tend to worsen as you bend forward or lie down. A temporary sinus headache may occur following a cold or allergy condition. At-home remedies include breathing moist air, alternating hot and cold compresses, or nasal decongestants. Sinus headaches that last longer than four weeks may be a chronic condition, and definitely warrant a visit to an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

While most headaches are simple tension headaches caused by stress or fatigue, there are a few cases when a headache may indicate a life-threatening condition. If you experience symptoms such as an abrupt, thunderclap headache, mental confusion, numbness, double vision, or difficulty speaking, then seek medical attention immediately. These conditions may indicate a more serious medical condition such as an aneurysm, blood clot, tumor, or stroke.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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