Tension-type headache is the most common form of headache. This headache is a tight feeling, sometimes described as like having your head "in a vice". Often there is soreness in the neck and shoulders associated with these type of headaches. These headaches are usually recurrent and can be daily, or weekly in some people.
This type of headache is not simply "caused by stress", rather it is a complex disorder. Tension-Type headache sufferers will typically have a forward head posture, and the muscles in the upper part of the neck, around the base of the skull, are tight, and tender to touch. The headache will be felt in this area, as well as around the eye or over the temple.
These headaches can be triggered by multiple factors including mechanical dysfunction in the neck, poor sleep patterns or lack of sleep, and of course emotional stress. It is important to address all of these factors to give you best overall management strategy.
Stressful situations arise for all of us from time to time, and these can not necessarily be avoided, but it is important to develop strategies for dealing with stress, especially if it is ongoing. Sleeping habits can sometimes be disrupted to to factors outside of your control (eg children, shift work) but if you suffer from ongoing headaches putting a plan in lace to ensure you get enough sleep is an important part of management.
Mechanical neck issues including muscle tightness, joint restriction and poor posture can be improved using a combination of manipulation and soft tissue therapy, mobility and stability exercises, strength exercises, improving your posture, and optimising the ergonomic set up of your work environment. Chiropractors have expertise in this area and hence are well placed to provide very effective relief and management of Tension-Type headache. Click Here to book an appointment.