Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches. They cause mild to moderate pain, which many people describe as feeling like a tight band around your head. Frequent tension headaches can interfere with your daily life while affecting your quality of life. Fortunately, our chiropractor at Back On Track Chiropractic can help.
Types of Tension Headaches
There are two types of tension headaches.
- Episodic tension headaches: This type of tension headache can last from 30 minutes to one week. They come on less than 15 days a month and last for three months. In some cases, these headaches can become chronic.
- Chronic tension headaches: This type lasts several hours and can be constant. They occur more than 15 days per month for at least three months. They are considered to be chronic.
What Causes Tension Headaches?
The cause of tension headaches is unknown; however, they are brought on by stress.
Symptoms of Tension Headaches
Tension headaches cause a few symptoms. Some people experience just one, while others experience all of them. The symptoms include:
- Dull, aching pain in the head
- Feeling pressure or tightness on your forehead, on the sides of your head, or the back of your head.
- Tenderness on your scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles
Tension Headaches vs. Migraines
Many people confuse tension headaches with migraines. Tension headaches don't cause visual disturbances, nausea, and vomiting the way that migraines do.
Diagnosing Tension Headaches
Your doctor can diagnose tension headaches based on your symptoms. The type of pain is one way for them to tell. They will also ask about the intensity of your headaches. Finally, the location of the pain can determine if your headaches are tension headaches.
Your doctor may order an MRI or a CT scan to rule out other issues that could be causing your pain.
How Are Tension Headaches Treated?
Many people use over the counter pain relievers to treat their tension headaches. Hot and cold therapy and managing your stress level can also help. Avoiding alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and tobacco can also help. For long-term relief, you should see a chiropractor.
How Can a Chiropractor Treat Tension Headaches?
A chiropractor can help reduce the frequency and the severity of your headaches. Spinal manipulation can improve your spinal function and relieve the stress on your system. They can also offer advice regarding exercise, relaxation techniques, diet, and nutrition. The combination of chiropractic care and lifestyle changes can be very effective in treating your headaches.
If you are suffering from tension headaches, Back On Track Chiropractic in Birmingham, AL can help. Our chiropractor can create a treatment plan to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches, making them a bit more manageable. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (205) 942-4243.