According to the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders, “Headaches are a frequent medical complaint. Only the common cold occurs more often.” That’s a lot of headaches. Studies also show that headaches result in almost 127 million lost workdays each year, and most headache complaints can be diagnosed as vascular headaches or tension headaches, affecting people 3 to 4 times more than migraines.
Tension headaches are most likely to occur due to poor postural stresses, something that many of our patients deal with as a result of working from their home offices or non-ergonomic desk stations. Our office has had a lot of success treating these headaches by utilizing several different treatment methods to alleviate your headaches. Here are 4 ways our office assesses and treats tension headaches:
Chiropractic Care – Chiropractors treat spinal dysfunction using chiropractic manipulation. When the spine is stressed due to poor posture, your joints “lock up” or “fixate,” creating pressure to nearby muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck. Sound like something you’ve experienced? You’re not alone.
Soft Tissue Manual Therapy – Our chiropractors are trained and certified in techniques that allow us to address the stress to the neck and upper back soft tissue. By relieving the postural stress, pain, spasms, and inflammation can be reduced, which in turn can alleviate tension headaches at the source.
Therapies – Our office relies on a variety of therapies in order to treat each patient based on their specific needs. We’re able to utilize electric stimulation, ultrasound therapy, cold laser, and spinal decompression in an effort to reduce pain, inflammation, joint compression, and muscle spasm for our athletes and patients.
Home Therapies – We create comprehensive treatment plans that make it easy for our patients to get better and improve their injuries or pain at home through daily stretches and exercises. These plans, along with workstation modifications, can greatly aid in the reduction of daily stresses to the head and neck.
By utilizing this treatment approach, we have successfully treated tension headaches in countless patients, allowing them to live life more comfortably. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation at our office, you can contact us today.