A tension headache is characterized as pressure, tightness, or dull pain around the back of your head, neck, or forehead. Many people describe the feeling as something squeezing their skull. Tension headaches are also known as stress headaches and are most commonly seen in adults. Tension headaches can be treated by a chiropractor. If you are in the Cape Coral area, contact our chiropractor at Cape Coral Family Chiropractic to schedule a consultation.
Causes and Symptoms
While there is no single cause of headaches, some people can get them as a result of tight muscles in the back of the scalp and neck. Many times they result from stress related to family, friends, relationships, or from work or school. Certain factors can increase your risk of tension headaches:
- Poor posture
- Not enough sleep
- Mental or emotional stress
The symptoms of tension headaches include:
- A headache that does not begin until later in the day
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mild to moderate pressure or pain in the top, front, or sides of the head
- Feeling exhausted
- Muscle aches
- Difficulty focusing
- Mild sensitivity to noise and light
About 80% of adults in the United States suffer from tension headaches periodically. Only 3% of Americans suffer from daily tension headaches, which are also known as chronic headaches. Women are more likely to suffer from them than men. Most people that suffer from episodic tension headaches get them no more than a couple of times per month, even though they may occur more often. People that suffer from chronic headaches typically have had them for anywhere between 60 and 90 days.
Chiropractic adjustments are extremely effective when it comes to treating tension headaches. This is especially true for headaches that arise in the neck. Adjustments can improve both chronic and acute neck pain which will decrease the number of headaches that you will experience. The alignment of your spine will be adjusted to improve its function. This will decrease the tension and stress that builds up and causes headaches.
Get Tension Headache Relief in Cape Coral, FL
If you suffer from chronic headaches and are tired of having to rely on pain medication for relief, our team at Cape Coral Family Chiropractic is here to help. Call Dr. Mayer and Dr. Kirdahy today at (239) 574-8000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.