Last week I was talking to someone who told me they had “normal” headaches, so I asked what was normal about a headache. They said it was the kind that everyone gets, you know, “normal” ones. My response was that I don’t get headaches, and if I do it is because I am dehydrated, I just haven’t had enough water that day (which is rare).
It’s not the first time I’ve heard that statement and it always makes me feel bad for that person, the fact they think headaches are okay. A headache is a sign that something is wrong, it’s your body’s response to some sort of stress or some sort of lack of something – your muscles are tight causing headaches, you are dehydrated, you are going through caffeine withdrawal, some sort of detox, you are subluxated, or something else. Headaches are not normal. People aren’t supposed to get headaches.
A headache isn’t a sign that your body needs more Advil either. Seriously, some people take Advil or some other medication thinking that is what they need. While the medication may relieve the symptom of the headache, it does nothing to fix what is causing the headache in the first place.
You see, I can understand where these people are coming from. Back in the mid 90’s I use to get headaches quite often, I thought it was from my job. I was working in the corporate world and I was stressed out with my job and getting headaches. Then someone told me about chiropractic. After a few weeks of being convinced I needed to go, I finally went to see a Chiropractor. After about three weeks my headaches were gone, and I was surprised. I thought they were normal. I thought everyone got headaches. Yet here I was, in the same job, under the same stress, yet I wasn’t having headaches anymore.