Tension headaches typically start at the back of your head and move forward eventually including your neck, scalp, and head. It feels like having a tight band across your head. Some common causes of tension headaches include:
- staying in one position for long periods of time
- nerve irritation.
Chiropractors work on removing the pressure on the nerve by delivering a specific adjustment. In the case of a tension headache, the most common areas to be adjusted are up in the neck. When improper signals are sent to the musculature of the neck is causes them to tighten up putting a lot of tension on the neck and back of the head. When a chiropractor removes the pressure of the nerve with an adjustment to the region of the neck, proper communication can once again be restored between the brain and rest of the body.
Along with an adjustment, other helpful measures to resolve tension headaches include:
- B complex vitamins
- avoiding being in a fixed position for long periods of time (computer use, reading)
- low impact exercises
- avoid gum chewing or teeth clinching
- drinking at least eight 8 oz glasses of water daily