Headaches

Tension Type Headaches

Are you dealing with headaches and hoping to find relief? Well landing here is a good start. Our goal is to help reduce your pain and improve your function in as few treatments as needed. But first take a brief moment to read below – you’ll gain a better idea about what’s going on, find some self help tips, and learn how chiropractic care can help.

Tension type headaches (TTH) are one of the most common forms of headaches yet they are not well understood. Most people describe having a band of pressure around their head that can last from 30 minutes to a week. TTH can be related to muscles tightening in the back of the neck and scalp. One of the best ways to combat tension headaches is through lifestyle changes. Here are some helpful tips:

Exercise regularly. This can help reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches. Exercise relieves stress, relaxes your muscles and increases the levels of beta-endorphins, which are your body’s natural stress relievers. So don’t just sit there, go for a walk, bike ride or run.

Healthy lifestyle. Behaviors that promote general good health may help prevent headaches. This includes following regular eating and sleeping schedules and avoiding excess caffeine and alcohol.

Stress management. Stress is a commonly reported trigger for tension type headaches. Reduce stress in your life by organizing your day ahead of time. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga and meditation. Take time away from your busy life to do the things you love to do. Consider seeing a counselor to develop new coping skills. They are also trained to help you identify events that trigger headaches and work towards a resolution.

Perfecting your posture. Good posture can help keep your muscles from tensing up and reduces strain on your body. A jutting head combined with slumped shoulders can bring early fatigue/tension to your neck and upper back. When standing, your head, shoulders, hips and ankles should line-up, one comfortably above the other. Your knees should be slightly bent and your feet should be shoulder-width apart or more.

Telephone. Use your hand to support the telephone against your ear and alternate sides regularly. Do not cradle the phone between your ear and your shoulder. If you are on the phone a lot, consider using a headset or speaker to reduce strain on your neck and arms.

Chiropractic Care. Chiropractors can help to identify factors such as your posture or lifestyle habits which could be contributing to your headaches. Should you, or someone you know, suffer from tension type headaches, we can also provide treatment for your pain.

Headaches are different for everyone. Sometimes they can clear up quickly, and other times they can take longer. As stated above, we want to help you get better in as few treatments as needed. So please contact us or use our simple online booking – we’re here to help.