It is extremely common for Americans to experience headaches. An individual can experience many different forms of headaches, including: sinus headaches, migraine headaches, and cervicogenic tension headaches. There are also headaches that can be caused by high blood pressure, medication side effects, and eye strain from looking at a computer screen. For many, it can be frustrating to try and relieve or eliminate chronic headaches. For patients who live in Rochester, New York that are not looking to add another medication to their list to treat this issue, chiropractic care is a viable option.
One very common type of headache mentioned above is the cervicogenic tension headache. This is a long name that simply means: head pain caused by tight muscles in the neck. The common pain pattern for this type of headache is a feeling of tension in the neck, pain at the base of the skull, and pain across the forehead. Most muscles in the back of the neck attach to the base of the skull. The muscles at the base of the skull then attach to a thick tendon that goes across the top of the scalp all the way to the forehead area. On the other end of that thick tendon are the muscles of the forehead. When the muscles in the back of the neck become chronically tight or shortened, they begin to pull or create tension at the thick tendon, which in return will cause pain in the forehead area.
There are a number of reasons why the muscles in the back of the neck can become tight or shortened. Most commonly is a combination of poor posture while using technology such as a smart phone or laptop, as well as stress. The further forward the head is bent away from the shoulders, the more pressure the muscles and joints of the neck take on. When you combine mechanical stress on the body, with the emotional stress most people feel on a daily basis, you find yourself dealing with tension headaches.
Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches treated by chiropractors. As a chiropractor in Rochester, New York, I have treated my fair share of tension headaches. This form of headache responds well to the alternative care that chiropractic can provide. At Rochester ChiroTherapy, I recommend multiple different forms of treatment to help my patients. Stretching and deep tissue muscle release is used on the muscles in the back of the neck, to help lengthen and relieve tension. The most common muscles responsible for tension are the levator scapula, upper trapezius, and scalenes. I then follow up with a chiropractic adjustment of the neck. This is done to release endorphins and relax the muscles and joints of the neck naturally. I then send patients home with stretches and exercises that should be completed in between appointments. It is my hope that through education of this condition, patients will have a better understanding and awareness of what is causing their pain, so they can better avoid provocative situations and become an active participant in the healing process.
Are you looking for a chiropractor in Rochester? Rochester ChiroTherapy is here for all of your chiropractic needs. We offer treatment services for headaches, neck pain, and low back pain. Comment below or message us with any questions.