There is nothing worse than coming home from a long day of work to that dull annoying headache that won’t quite go away. You know that type of headache that feels like a tight band is squeezing your head often accompanied by pressure along your forehead and back of head. Other symptoms of a Cervicogenic headache- also known as a tension headache include: increased sensitivity along the scalp, shoulders, and neck.
Now normally, people reach for their preferred pain killer when they find themselves having these type of symptoms, only to find their headache come back after the medicine has worn off. This leads to an endless cycle of utilizing painkillers to mask external symptoms and never really solves the root of the problem.
Episodic Tension Headaches v.s Chronic Tension Headaches
- Episodic tension headaches:
- Last ~30 minutes
- Occur less than 15 days a month for at least three months.
- Episodic tension headaches can eventually become chronic.
- Chronic tension headaches:
- Last hours
- Occur more than 15 days a month for at least three months.
Triggers for Tension Headaches
Stress is the biggest cause of both epidemic and chronic headaches; however, many other factors can contribute:
- Alcohol consumption
- Caffeine consumption
- Irregular and unbalance meals
- Excess nitrate intake
- Poor posture
- Increased physical exertion
How can a Chiropractor help?
As people have become more and more sedentary people are finding their bodies fixed position over a prolonged period of time. Seeing a chiropractor can help alleviate the resulting joint irritation and muscle tension provoking the headaches.
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