It's a Tension Headache. Time to call your Chiropractor!
Is your head feeling a little dull and aching? Does it sometimes cause debilitating pain that even the simplest of activities are hard work? Is it often worse at the end of the day? These are called tension headaches.
The question is… what do you do when you are suffering from such tension headaches? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Pop a couple pain pills and hope the pain goes away? Lie down and sleep it off? How can you sleep it off when there is so much to be done?! There is a better way, it’s time to call your local Chiropractor!
Research shows that Chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. It results in almost immediate relief for headaches, with significantly fewer side effects, and longer-lasting relief too than the commonly prescribed pain medication.
What could be triggering your Tension Headaches?
· The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle and spinal joint tension in the neck. People of today engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This includes sitting in front of a laptop, or your iPhone and iPad all day. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.
· Foods and other chemical stresses, such as alcohol, caffeine, lack of water intake or dehydration, other food sensitivities and allergies.
· Environmental stimuli, such as loud noises, bright lights, work and other physical stresses, air conditioning drafts etc.
· Abnormal behaviours, such as insomnia or lack of sleep, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, emotional stresses etc.
What can you Do?
· If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, best is to take a break and stretch every 30 minutes - 1 hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion, and holding each stretch for at least 30 seconds each without causing extra pain. Best is to use a warm bean bag/heat pack on your muscles for 10 minutes, then stretch thereafter as muscles loved to be warmed up first.
· Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches, so engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
· Avoid teeth clenching and grinding. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints, leading to joint irritation and a form of tension headaches.
· Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
If none of the above help with your headache, please call your local Chiropractor.
What can your local Chiropractor do for you?
· Perform spinal Chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal joint dysfunction, and in turn release the tension within your neck muscles.
· Provide nutritional advice, or a change in diet to reduce systemic inflammation.
· Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), stretch and strengthening exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
· He or she may perform dry needling, soft tissue therapy, electrotherapy and Kinesio-taping to help you with the muscle tension in your neck.
Don't let it be a pain in the neck! Call your Chiropractor today! C'mon. Get adjusted.