More and more people seek headache relief in Redwood City, CA. The number one culprit is tension headaches. Tension headaches create mild to moderate pain in the head. The feeling can be compared to a tight band around your forehead. This type of headache usually occurs with tightness in the neck. People who sit for a long time (especially during work) often have weak extensors and suffer from tension headaches. Extensors keep the head from moving too far forward.
According to a recent study, those who suffered from tension headaches had muscles in the neck and shoulders that were 26% weaker than neck muscles in people without the condition. Researchers also saw strength imbalances in the set of muscles that hold the head straight. Previous studies have found that the use of computers, laptops, and smartphones contributes to neck muscle weakness.
For these reasons, strengthening the neck muscles can be a remedy to tension headaches. However, tension headaches will likely persist unless you address the foundation of the muscular structure. How do you do this?
A Natural Remedy for Tension Headaches
To find remedies for tension headaches, it is very important to understand how the spine functions. The spine protects the delicate spinal cord since it relays messages to and from the brain about the things happening to the body. If the topmost bone of the spine – the atlas (C1 vertebra) – moves out of place, the spinal cord and brainstem will be under pressure. It will impact the muscles in this area negatively. This can result in faulty signals being sent to the brain, weakness in neck muscles, and tension headaches.A study involved 47 patients who had non-migraine type headaches, and each of them received an atlas adjustment facilitated by an upper cervical chiropractor. The patients experienced less severe headache pain and fewer headache attacks by an average of 75% four months later. I also see similar results with my patients here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California. Send me an email or call (650) 595-0500 to schedule an appointment with me.