Daily Headaches

Daily Headaches

An anvil on your head may not exactly be an exaggeration when you are experiencing a headache. It is often caused by stress, anxiety, depression, unbalanced activities, and poor diet. So what do you do? You would probably drop by the nearby pharmacy and get a couple of aspirins. Surely enough, you might feel relieved some time after taking a pill. Taking these drugs frequently may not be very healthy to the delicate balance of substances in our body in the long term. To prevent this unfavorable scenario, a more holistic approach must be adopted to stop having to suffer those troublesome and painful headaches. This can be done through relaxation techniques, proper diet, and psychological counseling if the underlying causes of the headaches are anxiety and depression. It's been more than three years since I started to have headaches daily. It became part of how I lived. The headaches reached its peak 2-3 times a week. Pretty soon, I was used to it. I had visited all kinds of doctors, from internal medicine to neurology. I was treated for sinuses, migraine, and chronic daily headaches. The medical treatment did relieve the pain at times, but I wasn't pain free at all. Every morning when I woke up I had headaches, I felt exhausted. This feeling, right at the start of the day usually ruined my whole day. The medications I took helped suppressing the pain, but could heal the root of all the headaches. After getting tired of taking medications without much improvement, I resorted to Pranayama (an ancient yogic way of breathing). I really thank my physician for recommending that to me. I started practicing Pranayama since November 2006. I went to American Physical Therapy once a week to learn Pranayama from Anu Malhotra, but I would go there more often if I had enough time. Pretty soon, thanks to Anu, I started learning the real causes behind all the pain and suffering I have been going through. Every week, as the Pranayama routine was intensified, I started feeling better. At times I was completely pain free for days. I just could not believe what breathing exercises can bring to one's life. Right now I would say my headaches have been reduced by 75-80%. The message I want to convey is that, Pranayama and meditation can help us live a better life, life that is pain and stress free. Gautam Jain