There are many different types of headaches – all with their own unique signs and symptoms. The most common type of headache is called a tension headache. The cause of tension headaches is not well known but is widely believed to be related to muscle tension, stress, and genetics. Although we can’t change our genetics, there are things we can do to help reduce muscle tension and stress!

Tension Headache Symptoms

So how do you tell if your headaches are, in fact, tension headaches? There are some common patterns that can indicate your pain might be due to tension. Often, this can feel like a tight band across your forehead and around your head. They can also cause tightness at the back of your neck under the base of your skull. The headaches are usually a dull, aching tightness as opposed to sharp pain. Sometimes they can cause light and sound sensitivity, but they do not usually cause feelings of nausea or visual disturbances as are commonly seen with migraines.

Tension Headache Treatment

Are your headaches bad enough that they are affecting your day-to-day life? Here are some ways to help cope with tension headaches.

1) Decrease stress. Stress is the most common trigger of tension headaches, so stress-relieving activities can help decrease the frequency and intensity of headaches. Doing deep breathing exercises, using mindfulness apps, or talking to a therapist can greatly help lower stress levels.

2) Exercise. Being active relieves tension headaches by releasing pain-blocking hormones called endorphins, which can help relax your muscles and decrease stress. Even just going for a short walk can help decrease your tension headache symptoms!

3) See your chiropractor! Chiropractors are very well-versed in different types of headaches and will help you get to the bottom of your headache diagnosis. Additionally, your chiropractor is able to use hands-on techniques to help decrease muscle and joint tension in your neck that can often help curb headaches. They can also help set you up with a plan for you to follow at home to help decrease your headaches on your own!

For more information on how chiropractic can help decrease tension headaches, book a complimentary consultation with our chiropractor Dr. Kayla Rynne or call (289) 807-2687!