As a chiropractor, I have spent alot of time treating tension headaches. People who don’t live in San Diego probably think that we spend our days surfing, sailing and lying on the beach – the truth is that we have just as much stress as people who work and live in less desirable areas. Stress causes tension and tension causes tension headaches, even in San Diego!
Treating Tension Headaches With Chiropractic
One of the most common causes of tension headaches is postural stress. People tend to work in the same position for too many hours during the day. They sit with bad posture at their computers, hunch over their “smart” phones and lean over their desks without taking breaks or intermittently checking their posture.
This postural stress creates tension in the muscles that support the upper back and the back of the neck. After the muscles at the top of the neck are affected, the muscles that cover your skull are drawn tight. It is the tightness of these muscles that are responsible for the tension that causes headaches.
Treating tension headaches begins with identifying the sources of stress in your life and taking steps to minimize them.
Once you have reduced some of the stresses in your life you can take more proactive steps towards managing tension. Treating tension headaches with chiropractic care can be extremely effective. Chiropractic care is a natural form of treatment that focuses on eliminating nerve interference and allowing your body to balance itself. Treating tension headaches with chiropractic care is a safer, drug free approach as compared to the treatments offered by traditional medical care which often include drugs with potential side effects that are more hazardous than your headache.
Treating tension headaches requires a multifaceted approach including your own efforts to identify and eliminate stress. Chiropractic care combined with specific stretches and exercises can help you fight the effects of bad posture which will make you less likely to suffer with tension headaches.