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Tension Headaches: Can Chiropractic Help?

By Sara Butler

Chiropractic care is often one of the first things people think of when back pain strikes, but what about headaches? Specifically, tension headaches?

Millions of people are afflicted by headaches. And while chiropractic care may not have the common connection with headaches that it does with back pain, that doesn't mean it's any less effective headache treatment. Here's what you need to know about tension headaches and how the chiropractors at The Joint may be able to help.

The Causes of Headaches

Headaches are an individual experience triggered by a variety of things. Some headaches are caused by the tension you have in your body and those are referred to as tension headaches. If you have a joint restriction present in your upper body or neck, then that causes a tension headache in even the healthiest person. That's because joint restrictions can aid the build-up of tension in the body that eventually can move to the head, resulting in a headache.

The key to preventing tension headaches is to identify the underlying cause of them and address it.

Chiropractic Help for Tension Headaches

Chiropractic care is all about prevention. Chiropractors work diligently to find the underlying cause of what is ailing you and treat it to help your symptoms go away. With headaches, they endeavor to discover what may be triggering these headaches and address them so that you can be free from them.

Another factor in tension headaches that has to be addressed is stress. The chiropractor can help you address joint restrictions that cause the headaches, but you have to also think about the stress that occurs in your life that can lead to muscle tension that can then lead to joint restrictions.

While it may be true you cannot rid your life of stress completely, you can fight back against headaches with regular chiropractic care and a few stress management strategies. You may want to try relaxation practices in your life such as deep breathing or yoga, or perhaps make more time to relax during the day by listening to your favorite type of music or reading a book. However, you can address the build-up of stress in your life is a good thing.

If you suffer from headaches, then don't assume they're something you need to live with. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today about the options you have to address chronic tension headaches.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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