Did you know there several different types of headaches?
Tension headaches are by far the most common type among American adults and are more prominent in women. Tension headaches occur when the muscles and fascia of the back, shoulders, neck, and head get hypertonic (too tight).
Movement patterns are altered due to the increased tension resulting in a headache most often located in the back, sides, or front of the head. Pain is usually described as throbbing, band-like, or tightness and pressure. If severe enough, other symptoms such as eye discomfort and nausea may accompany a tension headache. Typically, tension headaches start later in the day and get progressively worse. They can occur sporadically, or become chronic when they occur more than half of the month.
Best helpful hints for dealing with tension headaches:
1) Get adjusted! Gentle chiropractic care significantly reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches and helps restore proper tone to your muscles and fascia.
2) Use heat packs on the shoulders and neck to help with stiffness.
3) Use bio-freeze, tiger balm, etc. to help relax tight muscles.
4) Get your posture and workspace ergonomics evaluated, it will save you from future headaches.
5) Recruit your favorite loved one to give you a massage :)
Any questions? I would be happy to answer them for you!
Dr. Haley Harvey