It seems hard to imagine, but 3 million people in the United States each year report having tension headaches. They are becoming more and more common. Tension headaches, also referred to as stress headaches, are known for mild to moderate pain that feels like there is a band around the forehead or at the back of the head and neck. Some people only experience them occasionally while others can have them more than 15 times in a month (referred to as chronic tension headaches). No matter how often a person experiences these headaches, they are not easy to deal with.
Table of Contents
There is no single known cause for tension headaches. There are, however, a number of factors that may contribute to them.
These head pains generally come on later in the day and cause the person having them to feel tired and easily irritated. He or she may have muscle aches, tiredness, and sensitivity to light and sound. They are unlike migraines in the fact that they do not come with nausea, vomiting, or problems with vision.
Treatment usually includes some sort of medication to relieve pain and relax the muscles. In severe cases, anti-depressants or anti-seizure medicines may be given. Medications can lose their ability to work as time passes, however. They also are not addressing the root cause of what is making these headaches occur.
Upper cervical chiropractors are successful in treating tension headaches in patients. We focus our attention on making sure the top two vertebrae of the neck are in proper alignment. If they are misaligned, the muscles can become tensed, and the central nervous system may not work properly. This can play a huge role in creating a tension headache. Once we detect misalignment and begin to correct it, tension headaches may become a thing of the past. A number of patients have found this to be the case.
The content and materials provided in this web site are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to supplement or comprise a medical diagnosis or other professional opinion, or to be used in lieu of a consultation with a physician or competent health care professional for medical diagnosis and/or treatment. All content and materials including research papers, case studies and testimonials summarizing patients' responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.