Did you know that nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches on a regular basis?
That is a staggering amount and sometimes it’s 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 of staying in a fixed position or posture. Lack of movement can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck and upper back which may cause your head to ache. Tension headaches can be felt on one or 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 radiates pain up and around the head.
Most Headaches are Primary Headaches.
This means that a headache is not a side effect of, or caused by, another disease. A headache itself is the problem. When people experience tension headaches they complain of a dull and throbbing sensation. A lot of people will take an NSAID, 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 fewer side effects than commonly prescribed medications.
Chiropractic Treatment for Tension Headaches
If you regularly suffer from tension headaches, give us a call talk to us about your symptoms and whether it’s something we can help. Chiropractic treatment for this condition usually consists of chiropractic manipulation, and we will also work on the surrounding muscles and advise you on workplace ergonomics and rehabilitative exercises you can do at home.