Even though the brain itself does not have nerves to feel pain, certain areas of the head such as the scalp, face, mouth and throat have pain-sensitive nerve fibers, which can ache. Headache - or cephalgia - commonly is used to describe any form of pain that would appear in those sensitive areas of the head.

Headaches can be divided into two categories: Primary headaches, to which stress headache, cluster headache and migraine headache belong and which are not due to any other condition; And Secondary headaches which are associated with another condition.

Headaches are the most typical nervous disorder. Everybody will be affected by headache at least once , but for 55 million Americans, it is an everyday experience. The World Health Organization claims that one adult in 20 suffers from frequent headaches, with females being more at risk than males.

Headaches can be extremely disabling and are able to be detrimental to the lives of individuals who have to go through them. Work ability is diminished for these individuals, which can be detrimental to their economic situation.

Social skills are also diminished as the pain, or the fear thereof, sometimes makes people more ill-humored. Some people who suffer from migraine may even have to consistently be careful about what they eat, what they see, and even what they smell, as some strong or disagreeable sensations may trigger pain.

Because headaches are considered such a banal, trivial condition, the individuals who suffer from them on an everyday basis also have to face the incomprehension of other people. This social barrier may also hold people back from trying to get medical attention and benefiting from a proper treatment. But before being treated, a headache needs to be "identified".

We have seen before that there are two main sorts of headache: Primary and Secondary, each divided in turn into a lot of different subtypes. Their symptoms may change as well as what causes them and, naturally, how they should be cured. This is why they need to be diagnosed by a doctor so that you can receive proper treatment.

Stress headache, also known as tension headache, is the most typical kind of primary headache and is responsible for around 90 percent of all headaches. It is usually considered to be stress-related or related to musculoskeletal problems in the neck.

Tension headache is usually momentary and may last from several minutes to several hours, but may persist for numerous days in the most acute cases. It is commonly described as a strong steady pressure, most commonly on both sides of the head, or spreading around it, occasionally also affecting the neck.

Migraine is somewhat different and is thought to almost certainly have a genetic origin. Migraines are caused by the release by the brain of painful substances, which spread around the nerves and vessels of the head. Migraine usually occurs on a monthly basis and persists for a few hours, with other symptoms such as nausea and intolerance of normal levels of light and sound.

Cluster headaches generally occur frequently and are short lasting. They are also very painful. They happen in clusters of 6 to 12 weeks every one or two years, generally at the same time of the year. The pain is incredibly bad and affects all of the head, usually starting in the eye, and then spreading to the forehead, nose and mouth. It is much more uncommon than some other types of headache and mostly affects men.

Headaches are typically treated using over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol. A doctor may also tell you to avoid some usual causes of headaches like noise or certain foods.

Caffeine, Magnesium and Vitamin B2 have also been regarded as useful in the treatment of migraine. Drugs however are expensive and may have negative side effects, particularly for people who must take them on a daily basis. This is why you might want to think about other ways of preventing and fighting the several types of headache.

Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) have indeed shown to be working and can help you to release pain anywhere in your body, including your head, as well as trying to be more relaxed at the same time. Stress is one of the first causes of headache, and specific hypnotic techniques have been developed to release both stress and headaches in a few seconds.

People who suffer from migraine or cluster headache can generally feel the first symptoms before the migraine actually happens, and may learn self-hypnosis techniques to get rid of them before they become too painful. Hypnotists who understand how disabling a headache can be have developed these therapeutic methods.

Self Hypnosis is a drug free method of treatment that can help you find the relief you have been looking for. Headache is a serious affliction with various forms, concerning millions of people worldwide. Learn to overcome it and to relax with the comforting technique of self hypnosis.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky is an NGH certified Hypnotherapist. He has created a very effective headache and migraine relief hypnosis program. His Neuro-VISION self hypnosis site also offers a free video self-hypnosis blog, Free MP3's, and a thorough hypnosis article repository.