Tension headaches are often caused by stress, eyestrain, or physical strain. In some cases, the headache may be due to an underlying medical condition such as a sinus infection or migraine.
Headaches can also occur when there is abnormal pressure on nerves in the neck and upper back. Abnormal pressure on nerves develops due to:
- poor posture,
- having a heavy backpack slung over one shoulder all day at school, or
- sitting too long with your head slumped forward while reading or watching TV.
If your body is not responding to over-the-counter medications and the tension headaches do not subside within three months, consider consulting with a chiropractor. Several studies are supporting the success of chiropractic care for tension headaches.
Shorelife Chiropractic and Wellness provides several chiropractic interventions. Dr. Brett Tave goes beyond spinal adjustments and uses different techniques and types of equipment to address each patient's needs. Our healthcare team determines the cause of the problem and addresses tension headaches through their roots. Thus, our chiropractic care provides long-lasting relief.
What is a Tension Headache?
A tension headache is not always a painful experience. Some people report feeling like their head has been wrapped in a tight band, and the pain can vary from mild to moderate intensity. Though what causes this type of headache remains unknown, it is generally believed that they are caused by stress or muscle contraction around your forehead and neck area.
Most types of head pain typically worsen with physical activity or light sensitivity. However, tension headaches do not seem to affect people experiencing it. In rare cases, physical activity and light sensitivity help to alleviate the discomforts of tension headaches.
Tension headaches are not well understood. Experts used to think the pain came from muscle contractions in our face, neck, and scalp. However, recent research suggests that it is a heightened sensitivity to pain that can be caused by increased muscle tenderness or other factors like emotional distress.
Tension headaches are manageable by balancing healthy habits, finding effective non drug treatments, and using medications appropriately. Nevertheless, the best way to manage a tension headache is through holistic chiropractic care. Fortunately, Shorelife Chiropractic and Wellness provides chiropractic care tailored for your needs.
Episodic Tension Headaches and Chronic Tension Headaches
Episodic tension headaches are a type of headache that can last from half an hour to seven days. Its manifestation happens less than 15 days monthly for at least three months.
If they come on quickly and with some pain, these episodic tension headaches may become chronic after years of living through them every day or two without much relief.
For some people, a regular tension headache lasts only for up to several hours. For other people, it may last days and be continuous with no relief. If you have at least 15 headaches every month for three months or more- this is considered chronic. Chronic headaches can recur daily without any warning signs before they come on. For instance, a headache might attack as soon as waking up in the morning, after long periods of work, or activity throughout the day.
Migraines are commonly mistaken for tension headaches. Tension headaches do not usually share some of the more well-known symptoms that accompany a migraine. Still, like migraines, they can be difficult to treat and painful.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Tension Headache
A study has shown that chiropractic care may be a good option for curing tension headaches and head pains. Experts found this to be accurate by researching the issue and testing their theory with patients in the clinic setting where they work as well.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) is the world's leading publication on chiropractic care. In a 2014 study, they found that interventions commonly used in chiropractors improved outcomes for the treatment of acute neck pain and chronic migraines. The JMPT published another report concerning chiropractic care. The report found that there was an increased benefit when using multimodal approaches to treating headaches, such as migraine or cervicogenic headache, through spinal manipulation from a professional practitioner.
Headaches have many triggers or causes. These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises and lights), behaviors (insomnia), and more. About 5% of all headaches are warning signs that represent physical problems, such as high blood pressure or a tumor in the brain. These severe complications must be the primary concern to address tension headaches successfully. Meanwhile, being reliant on medications mask the symptoms of underlying conditions, making them harder to diagnose.
Providing chiropractic care in Brick, NJ, like spinal manipulation for migraines and cervicogenic headaches has shown to be helpful. The type of treatment you need should depend on the guidelines, experience from doctors, or research that is found. Evidence suggests using this technique alone can help with a tension-type headache. However, more studies are continuously in the process to gain more evidence.
The benefits of chiropractic care are not limited to headaches. Chiropractors can also help relieve pain throughout the body and improve day-to-day life for their patients. Recent studies result that spinal adjustments have helped people with tension headaches even after one month after the treatment. It shows a better outcome than the control group and the other experimental group. The control group did not receive any treatment at all while the experimental group received physical therapy alone.
A clinical trial compared the effectiveness of spinal adjustments and pharmacological intervention in the treatment for Tension-Type Headaches (TTHs). Amitriptyline (Elavil) was used as the medication for TTH. Participants in both groups showed improvement. However, those who received spinal adjustments had better long-lasting benefits than their counterparts on Elavil alone.
Other Chiropractic Treatments for Tension-Type Headaches
Dr. Tave understands when a patient refuses to receive a spinal adjustment. Shorelife Chiropractic and Wellness respects the decision of the patients. Thus, they are providing alternative therapies to treat tension headaches. All of the following are safe, non-invasive, and proven to be effective:
Chiropractic treatments are a great way to relieve chronic headaches because they treat the root of the problem that is causing them. Spinal decompression can be an effective method in alleviating pain and increasing functionality in your spine by stretching it out using traction tables or similar motorized devices. It is beneficial to address several issues, including headache symptoms, immediately.
Headaches are one of the most common ailments that can be caused by poor posture or a stressful day at work. Tension headaches, for example, may include feeling moderate to severe pain in the form of tightness around your head like a band. Stretching out your neck and shoulders is an excellent way to relieve tension headache symptoms as well.
Shorelife Chiropractic and Wellness provides exercise routines based on your lifestyle, environment, and medical condition. Our team refuses to use general exercise routines to guarantee the success of chiropractic care.
Relaxation techniques are some non-invasive and inexpensive techniques to help keep tension headaches at bay. In the short term, apply a heating pad for shoulder or neck relaxation. Or try using an exercise ball, as this will strengthen your muscles while stretching them out. You can also use guided imagery that focuses on various parts of your body to relax it and release stress by consecutively focusing on each area individually without any distraction from other thoughts which may be causing anxiety or worry.
Back tension headaches can be caused by tight muscles and tense nerves. Fortunately, some exercises will help relieve your headache with just a few minutes of focus. One way to do this is through deep breathing, which helps relax the body and clear the mind all at once.
For best results, try these steps: find yourself some peace in an area where you won't be distracted (home, office, etc.), take slow breaths for five seconds inhaling then exhaling as if they were three counts long. It should feel like one round of breath takes 15-20 seconds or so. While doing so, think about how good those deep breaths make you feel on their own because soon enough your back pain from stress might ease up too.
A massage can provide a sense of relaxation and relief from tension, even for those with chronic pain. Research the various types to find one that may be best suited for your needs. Swedish massage is often great if you have any muscle strain or tightness as it focuses on elongating muscles. Deep tissue therapy may help alleviate more intense discomfort in localized areas like joints. Once you’ve settled on an approach, get referrals, so you know which practitioner will work best around your area.
With so many different options for headache relief, it can be difficult to know which one is the most effective. If you are experiencing a tension headache, let Shorelife Wellness help you find relief. Our team of chiropractors specializes in providing spinal adjustments and holistic treatments to alleviate your pain. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled professionals or learn more about what we offer visit us at 101 Prosper Way Brick, NJ 08723 US.