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Tension Headache

Tension Headache

Tension Headaches and Chiropractic

The real cause of a tension headache is not generally known, even though it is the most common type of headache. This type of a headache is typically described as a dull and surrounds the head, above the eyes.
Tension headaches start in stages – slowly increasing in intensity. They can be mild or severe, lasting for hours or days. They may be classified as episodic or occur less than 15 days a month. A chronic headache is felt most of the time with more severe pain and feels like a “throbbing” in the head or a pain that has a series of regular beats.

Though it varies from person to person, tension headache symptoms often include:

-Tight feeling across forehead
– Scalp tenderness
– Irritable moods
– Pain that is in most cases, moderate rather than mild
– Muscle pains
– Loss of appetite
– Inability to focus
– Sensitivity to light or sound

Causes of a Tension Headache

Though the exact cause of a tension headache is not yet identified, it is believed that they develop due to muscle tension. Fluctuations in the levels of brain chemicals are also considered another cause of a tension headache.
There are triggers as well that might be responsible for tension headaches. They are:
– Anxiety


-physically hard work

-poor posture

Temporary Headache Cures

The usual treatment that people consider is taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
Doctors may prescribe more strong pain medications or muscle relaxers for the pain of tension headaches. Additionally, blood pressure medications, antidepressants or anti-seizure medications might also be included in the prescription to stop a tension headache from happening at all.

On the other hand, almost all medications lose effectiveness when taken over long periods. Carrying on with these medications will lead to powerful or stronger pain medications that can be addictive.

Better Relief for a Tension Headache

Remedies for tension headaches:
-Application of cold compress to the head
-Hot shower
-Consistent sleeping habits
-Relaxation techniques
-Quitting smoking
-Diet improvement
-Improvement of posture
-Seeking psychological counseling to improve ways to deal with stress.
-Engaging in aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, or bicycling for at least 30 minutes a day.

The Best Treatment for a Tension Headache

Chiropractic care is the best treatment for a tension headache. It focuses on the cause of muscle tension.
Chiropractors use a non-invasive approach to locate and correct spinal misalignment.

When there is a misalignment in the spine, it disrupts the link between the affected body part and the brain.
Spinal misalignment usually occurs with a neck injury, such as an accident, a fall or injury. Sometimes, you may not even know that an injury happened to your spine.

Does Chiropractic Treatment Really Work

People with headaches are the common patients who visit chiropractors. Surely, the results vary from person to person, but that does not change the fact the chiropractic treatment has rapidly become the most widely used alternative healthcare approach.

Say goodbye to risky drug treatments, visit Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center and deal with the cause of your tension headache.

“From my experience, personal connections and continuous care are the most important things. Therefore I always take the time to get to know my patients.”
Dr. Paula Harris
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