Are your tension headaches leading to increased aggravation at work? A major culprit in tension headache pain is sitting too long. Prolonged sitting can lead to weak neck muscles called extensors. Extensors help prevent your head from moving too far forward.
Madsen et al. found that neck and shoulder muscles were 26% weaker in those with tension headaches versus a normal population. They also noted that there were strength imbalances present in the neck muscles on either side. They theorized that increased use of computers, cellphones, and tablets increased the stress on these muscles. (1)
Strengthening neck extensors and core muscles will help improve tension headache symptoms, but it will not address the foundational cause of muscular imbalance.
Natural Relief for Tension Headaches
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your spine) misaligns, this leads to tension within your spinal cord. Spinal cord tension causes the signals going to and from your brain to become distorted. This may lead to tension headache symptoms.
We are trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of tension headache symptoms.
Palmer et al. examined 47 patients with non-migraine headaches. After two weeks of specific atlas chiropractic care (and only one correction), the subjects had a significant reduction in headache pain. They found that after 3-4 months of care, their headache symptoms decreased by 75% on average. (2)
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- Madsen B, Sogaard K, Andersen L, Skotte J, Jensen R. Neck and shoulder muscle strength in patients with tension-type headache: A case-control study. Cephalalgia. 2015;36(1):29-36.
- Palmer J, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Radiographic Measurements, Posture, Pain & Quality of Life in Non-migraine Headache Patients Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Practice Based Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2009 [cited 22 February 2016];2009(June):1-11. Available from: https://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2009_1287_nucca.aspx