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Tips to Help Rid Yourself of Tension Headaches

Tips to Help Rid Yourself of Tension Headaches

Rid Yourself of Tension Headaches

Ow—the dreaded headache. Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches. These headaches can be caused by the physical, chemical and emotional stress of everyday life. A tension headache can cause mild or moderate pain in the head, neck and behind the eyes. A lot of people describe a tension headache as feeling like a tight band around their foreheads.

Knowing what causes these dreaded headaches can help you to avoid them. Tension headaches can be triggered by the following:

  • Staring at a computer screen for a long time (also a cause of tech neck)
  • Driving for a long time
  • Cold temperatures
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • Smoking
  • A cold or flu
  • A sinus infection
  • Caffeine
  • Poor posture
  • Emotional stress

There is a solution to your headache woes! Here are 4 ways to rid yourself of tension headaches:

Ice & Heat

Applying a heating pad or an ice pack to your head for five to 10 minutes a few times a day may help to ease your tension headaches. Taking a hot bath or shower helps to relax tense muscles as well.

Sit up Straight

Poor posture contributes to tension headaches. Don’t slouch—sit up straight!

Drink Water

Headaches are often caused by dehydration. Try to increase your water intake to 6 and 8 glasses a day. In addition to help with dehydration, the water might help flush out something that is stressing your body.

Chiropractic Care to Treat Tension Headaches

Tension headaches can be caused from the spinal bones in the neck not supporting your head properly—this improper position affects nerve communication between your brain and body. They can even affect your muscles and blood supply to your head. Dr. Picarello can examine you and detect subluxations present in your body and perform chiropractic adjustments to help you reduce your tension headaches. Having these adjustments will help you regain your normal range of motion and unstick those joints that are causing nervous system disruption.

Visiting your chiropractor may be one of the best forms of pain relief for your tension headaches. Call Mountain Park Chiropractic to make an appointment today!