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The Headache Healer’s Handbook: A Holistic, Hands-On Somatic Self-Care Program for Headache and Migraine Relief and Prevention is the bible for anyone who suffers with headaches and migraines. It has over 380 pages of everything you need to know to understand headaches and migraines and how to help manage them. Although I don’t regularly suffer from headaches (I mainly get them as a result of my neck pain), I decided to read and review this book as I thought it would be useful to my readers.
A very useful blog for those of you that do regularly suffer from headaches and migraines is My Migraine Life.
I was lucky to receive a free Kindle copy of The Headache Healer’s Handbook from the publishing company so I could write my honest thoughts and views in this review.
When flicking through the contents, the initial thing that grabbed me about this book, was the vast amount of topics. I was eager to read on and learn more about my type of headache, what the environment, lifestyle and physical triggers were, and how posture, ergonomics and sleep affected headaches.
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The book is divided into different parts which cover things like triggers, awareness, the power of touch, life experiences, and the future. It’s very well set out and draws you to want to keep on reading and learning.
This book looks in detail at the Chinese Menu Theory – addressing our whole self. It looks at everything you need to know about the physical and emotional aspects of headaches, and how things like posture, diet, stress and tension can add up to cause the problems.
The headache profile questionnaire is extremely thorough; in fact, with 38 questions, it’s probably the most thorough health-related questionnaire I have ever seen. This is a good thing though – the fact that so many aspects of our lives are linked to our headaches, means it has to capture literally everything that could be the cause or source for this type of pain.
Although my book of choice is generally always non-fiction (bar the odd one or two fiction books every now and again), I don’t normally read huge thick books like this one. But it’s not the sort of book that you have to read from cover to cover. And because it covers so many topics, there’s bound to be certain sections that aren’t relevant, or of interest, as was the case with me. It has an excellent index section to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
As I mentioned above, I don’t normally suffer with headaches. For me, they are a secondary symptom of my neck pain. According to my physio, a lot of people suffer headaches from tight muscles in the upper back, neck and shoulders. This book made complete sense on another level though, because I could relate to how you feel consumed by something.
I also learnt a heck of a lot from reading this book:
- Some staggering facts and figures about the number of people with that suffer from headaches and migraines.
- That there are 4 different types of headaches – tension, migraine, cluster, and medication-overuse.
- The impact of fluorescent lighting.
- How postural habits are common headache triggers.
- If you have migraines, you should each protein early on in the day because you will crave fewer sweets and simple carbohydrates throughout the day and have more energy.
- How our thoughts always have a bodily response:
“…There is no thinking without your body responding. If you are thinking angry or hopeless thoughts, what happens to your shoulders, jaw, posture, and mood. Your body responds. Every thought – happy, sad, angry, fearful, hopeful – has the potential to affect your headaches because it’s affecting your body.”
It is a super reference book. I really liked the fact that it had a non-drug approach. As you may know from reading my previous posts, including Why I don’t like taking medication for my neck pain, then you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of drugs. When you think there can’t be any more practical advice, there is. Despite the last 20% of the book being acknowledgements, references and the index, it should definitely be the first book you pick off the shelf or select on Amazon as the go-to guide to help anyone who suffers from headaches and migraines.
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