Tension (stress) headaches include pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, neck, or shoulder, usually associated with muscle tightness. They are one of the most common forms of headache, are experienced at any age, but are most commonly found in adults and adolescents. Chronic headaches occur two times a week or more often, for several months or longer.
Tension headaches are caused by contraction of neck and scalp muscles as a response to stress, depression, anxiety, or any activity causing the head to be held in one position for an extended time - such as typing, data entry, using a microscope, or close hand work. Sleeping in a cold room with the neck uncovered or with the neck in an abnormal position can trigger a tension headache. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, alcohol use, smoking, excessive caffeine, sinus infection, nasal congestion, overexertion, colds, and flu. They are not linked to lesions in the brain.
Also see: Migraine Headaches, Cluster Headaches
- Dull pain, pressure at scalp, temples or back of neck
- Generalized pain, worst in the same areas
- On both sides of the head
- Feels like a tight band on the head
- May be a single isolated incident, or occur regularly
- Worsened by stress
- Difficulty sleeping
How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help
Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and correcting complications associated with tension headaches. Chiropractic therapy includes adjustments and simple manipulation which reduce joint restrictions or fix spine and/or joint misalignment. Lifestyle changes, exercise, ergonomics, and nutritional information may be recommended. In addition, Dr. Forster draws on acupuncture and other therapies to tailor treatment for each patient.
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