If you have headaches everyday, chances are you probably don’t care what kind they are – you just want them gone! But understanding what type of headache you are experiencing can shed light on the underlying cause, allowing you to the root of the problem and relieve your headaches once and for all.
Types of Headaches
There are actually a number of different types of headaches, and their causes can range from everything from chemical imbalances to muscle tension. While those of the chemical variety are less common and caused by more tangible sources like food, tension headaches are much more common, and their cause lies beneath the surface in your muscles – especially those around your head and neck.
Tension Headache Causes
Tension headaches are by far the most common type of headache that people experience. When the muscles that cover the skull are contracted, they can become stressed, resulting in spasms that can produce the throbbing and pain that you’re probably all too familiar with. The affected muscles are usually in the forehead region, at the base of the neck, and around the temples where there are muscles that help control your jaw.
The specific types of physical stress that can trigger these points to become overly contracted are any activities that take your body out of proper posture for prolonged periods of time. For many of us, this could be all day, every day if we have developed permanently poor posture over the years.
The good news is that it’s never too late to correct poor posture; in fact, correction can lead to a myriad of health benefits, including no more headaches!
Tension Headache Symptoms
You may be all too familiar with these symptoms, but just to give you a refresher and compare your own cases, here are a few of the most common signs of tension headaches:
- Mild pain on both sides of the head, enough to cause discomfort but not completely disabling
- A full pressure over the head, almost like wearing a swimming cap, with the most pain focused right over the eyebrows
- Pain and discomfort that starts at the base of the neck and works its way up with a feeling of pressure or tightness
- No definite triggers and appears to come on randomly and regularly, even every day in some cases
If any or all of these sound like what you’re experiencing, take comfort in knowing that these everyday headaches are treatable, and you can find relief with proper treatment.
Tension Headache Relief Treatments
Dr. Mohr is the best-rated Tampa chiropractor for a reason! He will begin in an unlikely place for most people: their spine. Poor posture may be a large cause of your pain, so alignment is important. By aligning the spine, much of the resulting nerve interference is also cleared up. Once these pathways are clear, the muscles that they are connected to are able to function more normally, leading to less stress and contraction and, of course, less headaches.
It’s amazing how correcting issues in one part of the body can have a profound and lasting positive effect in other areas of the body. Each piece, nerve, and muscle has so many functions and connections. Not only will Dr. Mohr do the physical work to make sure you stop experiencing headaches everyday, he will also educate you and walk you through his processes so you can understand why this happened and how to avoid it in the future.
If you constantly experience headaches and would like to find out what is causing your pain, please call our office at (813) 983-7921 or click here to request your appointment online.