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When daily life takes its toll… tension headaches

It’s been one of those days… too much to do, too much stress… and BANG you’ve got a tension headache. It’s a pain you can feel at the base of your neck, like a vise. Usually caused by muscle tightness in these areas, tension headaches are very common and can develop into a chronic condition. While this muscle tightening is often a response to stress, depression or anxiety, there are other physical causes as well. Activities done in one position for a long time like computer work, or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger tension headaches. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, excessive alcohol, smoking, or caffeine use, sinus infection, nasal congestion, overexertion, colds and the flu.

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Symptoms

Tension headaches typically occur in adults and adolescents and have similar symptoms including:

  • Dull, pressure-like pain or general pain that is worse in the scalp, temples or back of neck
  • Pain on both sides of the head
  • Pain that feels like a tight band
  • Occurs constantly or daily (if chronic)
  • Pain gets triggered or worsens with stress, fatigue, noise or glare

Along with stress reduction and regular stretching, chiropractic care helps relieve the symptoms of tension headaches

Treatment

Along with stress reduction and regular stretching, chiropractic care helps relieve the symptoms of tension headaches cause by tense muscles and misalignments of the spine in the neck and upper back area.

Get back to living the pain free life you deserve… contact our office today for help with your tension headache! 

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