Tension Headache

Tension Headache (Chiropractic Treatment) – Woodstock.

Today, we’re living in a world where everything happens to move so fast, and unfortunately, it can be quite stressful. You can feel the pressures coming from all directions. Eventually, your body bears the brunt of the pressure when it catches up with you. Tension headache are a sign and symptom telling you that your body is under stress – probably immense stress.

In today’s society, you can’t escape stress. Therefore, whenever you discover that you’re exhibiting any physical symptoms of stress, you may need to make some changes. If tensions headaches Woodstock are one of the symptoms, you are in good company – nearly 90% of adults in the United States have headaches.

Symptoms of Tension Headache

Tension headaches are distinctive. They can be extremely painful. The good news is that they’re hardly a sign of a more serious condition or disease– other than a stressful life. The most common symptoms of tension headaches include:

  • Sleep problems
  • Trouble eating
  • Muscle tightness in the shoulders, neck, and jaw – may be sore as well
  • Equal pressure or pain in both sides of the head
  • Headache originating at the back of the head and then moving forward over the top and sides
  • Dull pressure or squeezing pain in the head (may also be referred to as a vice around the head or tight band)

Sometimes the symptoms of tension headaches can occur before a migraine. In other words, a tension headache may be considered a migraine trigger because it can turn into a migraine.

Causes of Tension Headache

The actual cause of tension headache is unknown. While researchers have identified the potential triggers, the recent advancements in studies debunked the belief that the tightening of muscles in the shoulders, scalp, jaw, and neck causes them.

Scientific tests show that muscle tension doesn’t increase when a person has a tension headache. According to the newer theories, the likelier cause involves neurotransmitter changes (brain chemicals) that includes serotonin – the same cause of a migraine.

Researchers haven’t determined the precise levels of neurotransmitter fluctuations, but they’ve evidence that it activates the pain pathways in the brain. The muscle tightness could be a result of physiological changes that trigger the neurotransmitter fluctuations, or the neurotransmitter could cause tightness in the muscles.

Common triggers of tension headaches include:

  • Clenching the jaw
  • Stress
  • Overexertion
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping in an awkward position or in a cold room
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Grinding teeth
  • Neck or head injury (even old injuries)
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Dehydration
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sleeping on the wrong pillow or a worn-out mattress
  • Eyestrain
  • Skipping meals
  • Keeping the head in a position for too long (like when using a computer or cell phone)
  • Certain medications (some medications for headaches that can cause rebound headaches)

Certain foods can also trigger tension headache. Preservatives and additives in prepared foods (even too much sodium) can cause a headache.

Furthermore, allergy problems and sinus can lead to or accompany tension headaches.

Chiropractic Care for Tension Headache

Chiropractic care is a very effective, safe, and natural treatment for tension headaches. Besides the recommended lifestyle changes, Dr. Kal, our top Woodstock chiropractor at Advanced Health Solutions – GA Spine & Disc, may also perform some adjustments to realign the spine and vertebrae.

Our chiropractor may use massage and other treatments to improve the relaxation of the muscles and relieve stress. Dr. Kal will perform spinal manipulation of your neck and upper back to ensure proper alignment of your body; thus, relieving the pain and tension.

Tension Headache

If you’re having a tension headache and need chiropractic treatment in Woodstock, contact us today to book an appointment with Dr. Kal. Call us today at (770) 212-3991 or fill out the contact form to schedule a consultation.

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