Tension headaches are incredibly common, affecting up to ⅔ of the American adult population. That’s over 170 million people! So it should be no surprise that tension headaches are one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients when they first seek services. In this post, we’ll discuss what causes tension headaches, how to spot one, and the care we offer here at Florida Injury & Wellness Center.

What Causes Tension Headaches?

The exact cause of tension headaches is not well understood. While stress seems to play a significant role, researchers also believe genetics play a part. Some even postulate that tension headaches can be brought on by environmental factors. More research is needed to determine the exact mechanisms involved in tension headaches.

Signs of a Tension Headache

Tension headaches differ greatly from other headaches, as there is usually not any intense or piercing type of pain. Instead, tension headaches feel like a tight band is wrapped around the head, placing heavy pressure on the forehead, sides above the ears, and around the back. This dull, aching type of pain can be episodic or chronic, going on almost continuously for days, weeks, or months. Tension headache sufferers may also experience neck, shoulder, and scalp tenderness due to the constantly constricted musculature.

Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches

Here at Florida Injury & Wellness Center, we offer chiropractic services designed specifically to relieve tension headaches. Research has proven the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation for tension headache relief, along with other headache types. By regularly adjusting the neck and spine, the muscles are allowed to relax and decompress, finally releasing that tension and taking that dull ache away. Our experienced chiropractors will develop a treatment plan for you to relieve your tension headaches and keep them away, often in conjunction with our other services such as massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture. To find out more about how we can help relieve your tension headaches, call 813-592-5840 or contact us online.