Chiropractic Treatment Can Help With Tension Headaches

August 13, 2022

Most people experience headache pain at some point in their lives. The location of the headache and the kind of pain you’re feeling are a good indication of the type of headache you have.

Tension headaches are the most common type and appear almost anywhere in the head, scalp, or neck. Numerous factors contribute to the suffering from tension headaches and with the many potential causes, tension headaches can strike at any time.

Ultimately, they consist of an extremely debilitating and uncomfortable headache. Chiropractic treatment can alleviate the pain from tension headaches.


Signs of Tension Headaches

A tension headache generally affects the frontal location near the forehead and can feel like a ton of pressure.  Many describe the level of pain as moderate to extreme, similar to that of a migraine which also makes you feel miserable.


What causes Tension headaches

Tension headaches occur when neck and head muscles become tense or contract. The muscle contractions are a response to stress, depression, head injury, or anxiety. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults and older teens. Other common causes of headache pain are:

·        Stress

·        Long hours at a computer or looking at your phone

·        Certain foods

·        Your environment (noise, light, etc.)

·        Insomnia

Two main categories of Tension Headaches are episodic and chronic

Episodic tension headaches can last from 30 minutes to a week. Frequent episodic tension headaches may become chronic. Chronic tension headaches lasts hours and may be continuous.

Tension headaches vs. migraines

Tension headaches can be difficult to distinguish from migraines because they are similar.

Unlike some forms of migraines, tension headaches usually aren't associated with visual disturbances, nausea or vomiting. An increased sensitivity to either light or sound can occur with a tension headache, but these aren't common symptoms.

How Chiropractic Care Relieves Tension Headaches

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck. There are two main ways that a chiropractic adjustment can help someone relieve muscle tension. It restores the spine to its proper alignment and motion and it also helps instigate nerve impulses that make the muscles relax.

Other therapies that can help alleviate the pain are manual treatments, massage therapy, and therapy of the soft tissue can target the specific area relaxing the muscles and joints in your neck and head. A chiropractor likewise can help minimize the stress and tension that is causing the headache by using electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and acupuncture treatments.

Lifestyle modifications to help prevent headaches

We believe in a multifaceted approach to headache treatment, which includes understanding your triggers. We’ll work to understand your unique situation to help you find the root cause of your headaches. We also have a vast array of treatments to help you reclaim your life free from headaches that cause discomfort and pain.

Set Up Treatment for Tension Headaches Now

You do not have to live with the debilitating effects of tension headaches that are making your life miserable. Just call our expert at Palmercare Chiropractic Sterling staff so we can assist you to overcome them.