Many things can cause you to suffer the debilitating effects of headaches. Tension headaches are among the most common type that affects people. They can strike at nearly any time and have many potential causes. Because headaches are so common, some people think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life. However, headaches are a sign that something's wrong. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help correct spinal joint dysfunction and restore normal range of motion in your neck and spine.
Signs of Tension Headaches
A tension headache typically affects the frontal area up by the forehead and feels like a tight band squeezing and tightening your head. The actual cause is the neck and scalp muscles contract due to an injury, anxiety, stress, or depression. Tension headaches most commonly occur in adults and some older teenagers, with women slightly more susceptible than men. The level of pain generally is described as moderate to severe and could rival a migraine for its debilitating effects. Like any other kind of headache, a tension headache makes you feel miserable. Fortunately, your chiropractor can help.
How Chiropractic Care Alleviates Tension Headaches
A combination of therapies can help to reduce the tension and resulting aching effects when stress causes you to suffer from a tension headache. Manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, PEMF, and massage therapy can help to stimulate the localized areas and lessen the tightening of the muscles and joints in your neck and head. Your chiropractor also can help with electrical stimulation, to help relax your muscles and lessen the stress and tension causing your painful headache. Your chiropractor also can help to prescribe changes in your diet and activities to help reduce the general stress and related tension that are causing debilitating headaches.