A tension headache is a common type of headache that can cause mild to moderate pain and discomfort. If you’ve ever experienced a dull, aching sensation in your head, particularly around your forehead, temples, or the back of your head and neck, it’s likely you’ve experienced one of these headaches before!

While these headaches can be triggered by various factors such as stress, poor posture, and lack of sleep, they can significantly impact your daily life and overall well-being. So, if you’re seeking relief from tension headaches, your Montrose chiropractor may be able to help—and here’s how!

What Are Tension Headaches?

Tension headaches are the most prevalent type of headache, affecting millions of people worldwide. They are often described as a feeling of tightness or pressure around the head—as if a band is squeezing the skull. 

Some common characteristics of tension headaches include:

  • Dull, aching pain on both sides of the head
  • Tightness or tenderness in the scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles
  • Gradual onset that can last from 30 minutes to several days
  • Sensitivity to light or noise in some cases

Tension headaches can be episodic, occurring occasionally, or chronic, which means they occur more than 15 days per month. So, how can chiropractic care help you combat these types of headaches?

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Tension Headaches

When it comes to tension headaches, your Montrose chiropractor can help in several ways. First off, each treatment plan starts with a thorough initial consultant where we review your medical history, current compliants, goals, and more. This helps determine the best way to move forward; every treatment plan is unique to each individual and their specific needs.

From here, your treatment plan to help alleviate your tension headaches may include:

  • Spinal adjustments: Misalignments in the spine, particularly in the cervical region (neck), can contribute to muscle tension and nerve irritation, which can trigger tension headaches. By gently adjusting the spine, chiropractors can help restore proper alignment, reduce tension, and alleviate headache pain.
  • Soft tissue therapy: Techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy, and stretching can help relax tense muscles in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, which are common areas of tension in people with tension headaches.
  • Posture correction: Poor posture can put unnecessary strain on the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back, leading to tension headaches. Chiropractors can provide guidance on proper posture and ergonomics to help reduce the risk of developing tension headaches.
  • Lifestyle advice: Chiropractors can offer recommendations on lifestyle modifications, such as stress management techniques, exercise, and proper sleep habits, which can all help reduce the frequency and severity of tension headaches.

Through the above strategy, we can help relieve bothersome tension headaches, giving way to the following benefits:

  • Reduced headache frequency and intensity
  • Improved range of motion in the neck and shoulders
  • Decreased muscle tension and stiffness
  • Enhanced overall well-being and quality of life
  • Reduced reliance on pain medications

Ready to experience the power of chiropractic care and say goodbye to tension headaches? The New Life Chiropractic team is here to help. Book your appointment today!