Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tension Headaches

9 out of 10 people suffer from headaches. Some occasional, frequent, dull, throbbing and some debilitating with nausea. What can be done?
Research shows that spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. Migraines will be discussed separately.
According to researches at a  Duke University practice based in North Carolina, found that spinal manipulation resulted in immediate improvement for tension headaches and had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief verses the common prescribed medication.

The majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. Americans engage in more sedentary activities and more hours are spent in once fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and back causing a headache. Hence, tension headache.
If you do spend alot of time sitting down or fixed in position for long periods of time, take a break and stretch those muscles. The stretches should take your head and neck through a complete range of motion while increasing blood supply to those areas. Remember to deep breath and slowly exhale while exercising.

Increase fluid intake. Just plain 'ole water will do and is the best for you. Sugary drinks may lead to headaches, decreased blood flow to muscle tensed areas and may lead to an overall sluggish feeling. Low impact exercise and or isometric exercise will aid in muscle relief and increased blood flow. Decreasing the amount of stress in your life will lead to more relaxed muscles.

Good health,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN