Tension Headaches and the Chiropractic Solution in Oakland CA
When I sit down with new patients, I often look over their intake forms and notice that most do not check the headache box. I’ve learned though that this does not necessarily mean they don’t get headaches. When I ask, “do you ever get headaches?” most patients will say something like, “not really, just sometimes. No big deal. Nothing serious.” I always delve further, “how often do you get the headaches?” Surprisingly, the answer is often once or twice a week. Many people get low to medium-grade headaches that they have incorporated into their lives and they think they have to live with them. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with headaches. There is a solution.
Recently, a study of the population of the US found that an estimated 17% of the population suffers from an illness or condition commonly called a "tension headache." Tension headaches manifest as a dull or achy pain, tightness or pressure across the forehead, sides and back of the head. You may notice tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles.
Tension headaches cost the United States taxpayers billions of dollars per year in disability payments, medical fee reimbursements, and lost productivity. "Nothing serious" you say?
What of the effect of lost productivity in your life? Those missed opportunities with your family, friends and other loved ones can never be recaptured once missed. Headache pain robs many of the simple joys of life. In other cases, it stands in the way of you getting a promotion at work, or limiting your athletic ability. In all cases, those who attempt to "learn to live with it" end up only learning to suffer.
What causes tension headaches?
Abnormal strain upon the supportive muscles of the head and neck can lead to tension headaches. When the head is out of alignment with the force of gravity, the muscles must work much harder simply to hold the head up. Over time this abnormal stress creates changes in the muscles which diminish their efficiency, and also change their structure. When the stress of daily life builds up to the point of fatigue, and the muscles are stressed to their maximum level, they refer pain to the other muscles of the head, and this manifests as pain in the head either in the back or front of the head or below your skull near your neck.
Chiropractic, and specifically Chiropractic Biophysics (our specialty) helps to ease the tension in the supportive muscles of the neck, shoulders and head.Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is the technique we use for structural balance and rebuilding the spine to a stronger, structurally more stable and ultimately healthier position. All this without pain medication (these start a cascade of a whole host of other problems).
If you’d like to get to the root cause of your headaches instead of just dealing with symptoms, call us at 510-922-1579 or visit us online www.core-wellnesschiro.com to set up an appointment.
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