Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. They are characterized by the feeling of a band tightening around the head. While they are not accompanied by any nerve or sight issues like most experience with a migraine, tension headaches do cause a great deal of pain and discomfort and can negatively impact your quality of life.
Types of Tension Headaches
Tension headaches can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several days. They typically fall into one of the following categories:
Episodic tension headaches- tension headaches that occur less than 15 days each month. They usually come on in the middle of the day.
Chronic tension headaches- tension headaches that occur over 15 days each month. Chronic tension headaches can come and go throughout the day, but they are present often.
What Is Causing My Tension Headaches?
Tension headaches are most caused by muscle tightness in the neck, face, shoulders, or scalp. The muscle tightness can be caused by several things:
- It might be your body’s response to physical or emotional stress.
- It might come from having too much caffeine or withdrawing from it.
- Excessive smoking or alcohol use can cause muscles to tense up.
- Eyestrain, fatigue, or dental problems might contribute.
- Holding the head in the same position for extended periods, such as leaning over a computer or microscope, and sleeping in a poor position are also culprits.
How to Treat Tension Headaches
There are several potential treatments available for tension headaches, including the following:
Tension headache sufferers will need to determine the cause of their tension headaches and muscle tightness and then address that cause. This may involve quitting bad habits, such as smoking, or receiving behavioral therapy to learn to cope with stress better. It might also require changing your diet, starting an exercise program, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Massage therapy can be invaluable in the treatment of tension headaches. It can release the muscle tension that is responsible for your tension headaches.
Receiving chiropractic care can help fight any misalignment that may contribute to or be a result of tension headaches. It can help improve your posture as well.
A chiropractor can create an individualized treatment plan. If you live in or around Ellsworth, ME or Bangor, ME, Back in Balance Wellness Center is the place for you.
Contact Your Bangor and Ellsworth Chiropractor for Relief
It’s time for headache relief. Contact our team at Back In Balance Wellness Center at (207) 947-8077 to schedule your appointment.