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May 17, 2013

Health and Well-Being: What you need to know about headaches

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Muscle-contraction headaches can be improved and/or eliminated in a surprisingly short amount of time. Migraine headaches often take longer to treat, but once the headache sufferer achieves voluntary control over muscle contraction and blood-flow constriction, relief from symptoms is often dramatic.

If you suffer from chronic headaches, learn how to lower your stress hormone levels and flush them out of your system. Stress hormones cause small muscle fibers to contract and spasm, and they also cause headache-triggering changes in blood flow.

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Dr. Jim Manganiello is a clinical psychologist and diplomate-level medical psychotherapist based in Groveland and West Boxford. He is also an author and teacher focusing on stress, personal growth, meditation and “inner fitness.” His book “Unshakable Certainty” is available on Amazon. Email him at drmanganiello@comcast.net or visit www.drjimmanganiello.com.

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