Tension headaches are described as a mild to moderate headache that can feel like a band tightening around the head. While tension headaches are the most common type of headache they are also probably the least understood. Below, we will dig deeper into what causes these types of headaches and what treatment options are available.
Symptoms for this type of headache include a mild to moderate aching pain. People often report feeling tightness across the forehead, sides of the head, or the back of the head. This pain can also radiate toward the neck, scalp, and shoulder muscles. Typically, tension headaches can be put into two categories. These headaches are either a singular occurrence, called episodic, or they are repeating events, called chronic.
The cause for this type of headache is rather unknown. In the past, researchers and doctors theorized that stress in the muscles around the face and neck could cause headaches. Recent studies though have proved this is no longer true. Currently, doctors are suggesting people who are susceptible to headaches may just have a higher sensitivity to pain or to muscle tenderness. One fact that researchers can agree on is the fact that tension headaches are usually triggered by stress.
Most headaches can be treated at home with a variety of treatment options. Over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and naproxen can be quite effective for eliminating the symptoms. However, frequent use of over the counter pain relievers can lead to what is called an overuse headache. Prescription pain relief medication can also be effective in eliminating the symptoms. For patients suffering from chronic headaches doctors may prescribe preventative medication. These can take the form of antidepressants or muscle relaxers.
Often, if there is a bone from the back, called the vertebrae, out of alignment the nerve surrounding the area can be damaged. This damaged nerve can disrupt the signals the body sends to the brain. When the communication between the body and brain is disrupted it often can take the form of pain, such as tension headaches. A chiropractor can help to realign the spine and neck to restore balance. Chiropractic care is a natural alternative to help cure headaches.
While searching for a, “chiropractor near me” you will find that there are several chiropractic offices to choose from in NYC. We serve several New York locations including Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown East, Midtown West, and Midtown, our convenient Rockefeller Center location. Call us today at (212) 588-0707 to set up an appointment. We are located at 22 West 48th Street, Suite 306, New York, NY 10036. Call today to begin living a healthier life free of headaches.
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