Tension Headaches

Did you know that nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches on a regular basis? 

That is a staggering amount and a lot of unneeded suffering! Tension headaches are becoming more common because Americans are engaging in an increasing amount of sedentary activities that result in hours and hours staying in a fixed position or posture. Lack of movement increases joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck and upper back which causes your head to ache. Tension headaches are typically felt on both sides of the head and the pain is described as a tightening feeling or pressure around the head. They are typically cervicogenic (arising from the neck) and characterized by trigger points, or knots, in the cervical musculature that radiate pain up and around the head. See above image for referred pain. 

Most headaches are primary headaches.

This means that the headache is not a side effect of, or caused by, another disease. The headache itself is the problem. When people experience tension headaches they complain of a dull and throbbing sensation. Most will take a pill, lie down, or grit their teeth and get through it. There's good news though! A study by Duke University performed in 2001 found that spinal manipulation (a chiropractic adjustment) resulted in almost immediate improvement for headaches that originated in the neck. Even better is that the study found that an adjustment has longer-lasting relief and significantly less side effects than commonly prescribed medications! 

Give chiropractic a try!

If you regularly suffer from tension headaches, give us a call and let us help! Not only will we adjust you, we will also work on the surrounding tight muscles and advise you on workplace ergonomics and stretches that you can do at home. You'll be amazed at how great you will feel with out the use of pain killers!