What Is A Tension Headache?
A tension headache is the most common form of headache and usually described as a diffuse pain wrapping from the top of the neck and around the head. The pain is usually mild to moderate in intensity.
Tension Headache Causes
The exact cause of a tension headache is not fully understood. What is known, though, is that nerves and brain chemicals are involved. Misalignment of the spine, jaw pain, whiplash injury, disc degeneration, poor posture, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition are among the potential triggers for a tension headache.
Tension Headache Symptoms
Symptoms include neck and shoulder stiffness, dull throbbing head discomfort, and pressure over the sides and back of your head. Tension headaches can last from a half-hour to several days in duration. Differentiating tension headaches from migraines can be challenging. Generally, unlike migraine sufferers, a patient suffering from a tension headache will not have visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.
Tension Headache Treatment
While prescription and over-the-counter drugs can relieve the symptoms of tension headaches by masking the pain,the most effective treatment is a nondrug and healthy habits approach. Since there is general agreement that nerves and neurological disorders contribute to tension headaches and since your chiropractor is your health care professional trained to diagnose and remove neurologic interference from a misalignment of the spine many tension headache sufferers have turned to their chiropractor in recent years for successful treatment. Chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage therapy may also be utilized in treatment.
Causes: There are several forceful or repetitive activities in everyday life which typically cause thoracic disc bulges. These include: bending forward, slouching, using your arms in front of the body, and lifting—especially in combination with a twisting motion.
Symptoms: Patients with a thoracic disc bulge may experience a sudden onset of back pain during the injurious activity; however, it is also common for patients to feel pain and stiffness after the activity, particularly the next morning.
Symptoms are typically felt in the mid-back, sometimes between or around the shoulder blades. You may experience pain around the ribs and into the chest. Muscle spasms, pins, and needles, numbness or weakness can also occur. Breathing, coughing, and sneezing may aggravate your symptoms.
Treatment: Treatment options can include chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage therapy. The chiropractor will diagnose your condition and determine what type of treatments and modalities are appropriate for you.