A “tension headache” is categorized as a “primary” headache because it is not the result of another medical condition. It may be mild to moderate, non- throbbing, and occurring on both sides of the head (bilateral), tension headaches tend to arise from stress, repetitive activities, and poor posture. When stress is combined with repetitive motions, pain starts in the neck and shoulders, slowly travels up the base of the skull, and then wraps around the head. In most cases, people with tension headaches take medication. Chiropractic treatment, on the other hand, centers on treating and correcting the poor postures that stretch and weaken muscles at the back of the neck, which increases susceptibility to tension headaches.
For some people, aligning the spine also leads to a lower level of stress. Going to a chiropractor regularly can keep the spine aligned, keeping these headaches from coming back at all. Chiropractors may use manual adjustment, electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound or massage. They never use pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery. To schedule an appointment, please call our clinic at 860-621-2225.
P.S. Constantly looking down at your phone or working at a computer all day are two of the many postures that can lead to tension headaches.