Headaches are among the most common medical complaints, and there are many different ways that a headache can affect a person’s ability to function. Among these is the tension or stress headache. At Beyond Chiropractic in Altamonte Springs, FL, tension headaches are among the reasons why many patients visit our office.

What is a Tension Headache?

A tension headache is normally mild to moderate and intensity, where the pain is described as a tightness all around the head. Although tension, or stress is a common factor, overall these headaches aren’t completely understood. Common symptoms for these headaches include

  • A dull pain in the head
  • A sense of pressure in the forehead
  • A tender scalp
  • Tenderness in the neck and shoulders

Dealing With Tension Headaches

Those who experience tension headaches do so at different levels of intensity and frequency. Episodic tension headaches are normally less severe and will last between a half hour and a couple weeks. They are considered episodic if they occur less than fifteen days a month. More frequent headaches are considered chronic. Also, if the headaches  are accompanied by nausea or visual problems, they may be migraines.

Treatment Options 

There are several different approaches to treatment when it comes to tension headaches. Many attempt to identify what triggers their headaches, which is often stress or certain foods, and will make an effort to avoid those things. Once a headache is present, they may take over the counter medication and/or practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga. Many find that taking a shower can help. If it becomes too difficult to self-manage the headaches, they may see their doctor, or visit a chiropractor.

How a Chiropractor Helps Relieve Tension Headaches

Seeing your doctor for headaches is recommended if headaches come on too suddenly or feel different suddenly. It is important to rule out serious conditions, such as a brain tumor or an aneurysm. In many cases, people are able to find better long term relief from a chiropractor.

Chiropractic care may help tension headaches in several ways. In some cases, headaches happen because of a misalignment in the top of the spine, and headaches have actually spread from stiffness and tension in the neck. If stress and dietary issues are to blame, we can perform spinal adjustments in order to alleviate pain, help you identify triggers in your diet and lifestyle, and can even offer massage services to help reduce your tension headaches without medication. For many, chiropractic treatments have been more effective than over the counter and even some prescription medications.

Contact our Chiropractors in Altamont Springs for Tension Headache Relief

Specific treatment depends on the individual, to help discover the right treatment for your headaches. To contact Beyond Chiropractic in Altamonte Springs, FL  call us at (407) 261-1001 to schedule an assessment.