Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches
When you hear about chiropractic care, you usually think about spinal adjustment and joint manipulation that helps relieve pain and restore mobility. That’s a lot of what we do here, and it’s why many patients come to Texas Injury Clinic for treatment. However, Dr. Mark Williams and his colleagues can also treat a number of other conditions, including chronic headaches such as migraines and tension headaches.
Our team of Fort Worth, TX chiropractors and pain relief specialists would like to consider the basics of tension headaches and how chiropractic care can help address different kinds of headaches. You may be surprised by the effectiveness of an adjustment.
Defining a Tension Headache
A tension headache is the most common type of headache. The Cleveland Clinic estimates that up to 80 percent of adults suffer from at least the occasional episodic tension headache. They were at one time also known as stress headaches and muscle contraction headaches.
Tension headaches are usually caused by tight muscles along the back of the scalp and the neck. These kinds of headaches are often associated with stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, and depression.
Signs and Symptoms of Tension Headaches
The most common signs and symptoms of tension headaches include:
- Dull pain around the head
- Tightness of the forehead and the sides of the head
- Tenderness along the scalp, neck, and upper shoulders
While tension headaches are not as debilitating as migraines, they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. People with chronic tension headaches may experience this pain for even longer.
Can Chiropractic Care Really Help?
While we may not perform full spinal manipulation at our Fort Worth chiropractic clinic, a modified chiropractic adjustment focusing on the neck/cervical spine may be performed. This will help reduce tension of the cervical spine and upper back as well as the shoulder area.
Chiropractic patients often experience less tightness along the neck as well as better neck movement. This can contribute to reduced pain and shorter episodes with tension headaches. The stress relief following a chiropractic adjustment can similarly provide some benefits in reducing the severity or frequency of tension headache issues.
How Many Chiropractic Sessions Will I Need?
This can vary from patient to patient. People who suffer from episodic tension headaches may require a few sessions to help relieve their pain. Those who suffer from chronic tension headaches may require regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustments in order to experience lasting pain management benefits.
The ideal approach to treatment can be discussed as part of the consultation process.
Help with Lifestyle and Health Changes
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the team at our Fort Worth center can help you identify various triggers of tension headaches. If you notice certain foods, actions, emotions, or experiences cause these headaches to arise, you can do your best to avoid these triggers.
In essence, we can perform a chiropractic adjustment here at our practice, but the primary goal is to empower our patients to avoid the causes of their pain and improve their general wellness.
Learn More About Treating Tension Headaches
For more information about treating headaches through chiropractic care, be sure to contact a skilled chiropractor and pain relief expert. The team at Texas Injury Clinic can be reached by phone at (817) 624-7222.