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Headaches are very common in our society, with a reported one third of men and one half of all women being affected. Seeking out natural and conservative ways to end headaches for good is becoming more and more common in our country. The most common headache is a tension- type headache, which is often due to poor posture, restrictions in the cervical vertebrae, tight muscles or injury.

Headaches are painful and can be debilitating. While most people get tension- type headaches occasionally, some people get them frequently, which can negatively affect their quality of life.

The good news is that most tension- type headaches can be easily managed conservatively, without the need for drugs or surgery. When it comes to taming your tension headache, try these six helpful strategies to help.

6 Ways to End Headaches For Good

1. First, address your stress.

Stress is a very common cause of tension headaches. Try meditating, enjoying some time in nature, deep breathing, reading a good book, exercising or any other way that tends to help you de-stress.

Second, fix your posture!

If you are desk bound most of the day make sure your monitor is at eye level, your arms are able to relax in your chair and that you are taking breaks every 30-60 minutes throughout the day. Poor posture causes the muscles in your upper back, chest and neck to tighten up over time leading to pain and possible injury. Additionally, try to avoid looking down for long periods of time as that also causes strain and injury to the neck and upper back, leading potentially to tension headaches.

Third, see your chiropractor.

Chiropractic care is VERY effective in eliminating tension headaches and may even help prevent them from coming back. Chiropractic care focuses on restoring motion to the joints in the neck and upper back that become restricted, relaxing tense muscles and helping to improve your range of motion of your neck which will all help to alleviate a tension headache. In fact, your headache may even be caused from a dysfunctional jaw; so determining the cause helps to eliminate the problem.

Fourth, use ice to help alleviate your tension headache.

Fourth, use ice to help alleviate your tension headache. Before you ice, do a quick self- evaluation and see where you feel tension though- is it in your neck? Your jaw? Your shoulder? Try putting the ice pack wherever you feel the tension for 15-20 minutes to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Don’t put the ice pack on your head or temples though as this is not the cause of your headache, but merely referred pain from another area that is causing dysfunction.

Fifth, do neck stretches and exercises.

Start performing chin tucks and neck stretches to stretch out tight muscles of the neck and upper back and put your head in a more neutral position. These are especially helpful if you have been sitting for an extended period of time, such as at your desk or in a car.

Lastly, make sure you are hydrated!

Dehydration is a common cause of headaches, and also an easy solution! Aim to drink at least half your body weight (in ounces) per day to avoid dehydration. If you are exercising, then aim to drink more water. Thirst is a late sign of dehydration so try to stay on top of it throughout the day to prevent symptoms from occurring.

Yes, headaches can be awful and debilitating. Luckily there are many things you can do to make them go away besides taking medications that may give you lots of horrible side effects. Step one: address the cause of your headaches. Step two: end headaches for good. Step three: feel better.

Author: Dr. Courtenay Schroeder
Owner & Chiropractor @ ProMotion Chiropractic

We are a Charlotte Chiropractic Clinic located in Pineville, NC
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