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See the Chiropractor for Headache Relief

By Rachel Carver

Headaches are a part of life for many people. Some headaches are occasional and can be managed with rest. Others are more serious and persist for longer periods of time. These can cause debilitating pain and nausea.

Tension Headaches

Many people experience this type of headache because of tension in the neck. We sit more than previous generations, and remaining in the same position too long can irritate muscles in the neck, upper back, and scalp.

Tension headaches are usually described as mild to moderate pain that feels like a tight band around your head. The causes of this headache are not widely known, but treatment can include finding healthy habits and incorporating drug-free options such as chiropractic care.

Tension Headache Symptoms

Symptoms of a tension headache include:

  • Tenderness in your scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles
  • Persistent dull head pain
  • Tightness around your head

Unlike tension headaches, some migraines can cause nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision. Migraines can also be triggered by physical activity and cause sensitivity to light and sound.

The Case for Seeking Chiropractic Care for Headaches

Spinal manipulation, a primary treatment provided by chiropractors, has been shown to effectively treat tension headaches and headaches that start in the neck. According to a 2014 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics study, chiropractic care improved acute and chronic neck pain in patients. A 2011 study in the same journal also found that spinal manipulation and other methods of chiropractic care lessened migraine symptoms.

If you suffer from headaches, head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint team can address the reason for your headaches, such as a "misaligned" spine or tight neck muscles. The Joint's walk-in policy and affordable prices make care accessible to everyone.

What Else Can You Do?

In addition to visiting the chiropractor, try these tips to prevent headaches.

Take breaks - If you sit for several hours at a computer or stand for long periods of time, take frequent breaks. Stretch your body at least once per hour. These stretches should take your head and neck through a variety of motions.

Exercise - Low-impact exercises might relieve primary headache pain. However, avoid exercise if you experience dull, throbbing headaches. Take walks or engage in light activities such as swimming or cycling.

Don't clench your teeth - The only time your teeth should touch is when you swallow. Grinding teeth stresses the temporomandibular joints -- the joints connecting your jaw to your skull. The irritation of these joints can cause tension headaches.

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

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