Tension headaches are very common, yet they are not well understood. However, they are usually related to tightened muscles at the back of the neck or improper alignment of the spinal joints.
One of the best ways to prevent tension headaches is via lifestyle changes, so below are some helpful tips:
- Improve Your Posture: Slumped shoulders with a jutting head can cause tension and fatigue in your upper back and neck. When you are standing, your shoulders, head, hips and ankles should comfortably line up, one above the other. Your feet should be apart at shoulder width, with knees slightly bent.
- Exercise: This helps reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches. It also relaxes your muscles, relieves stress and increases the production of endorphins, which are your body’s natural tranquilizers.
- Relax Your Muscles: Tension headaches are associated with tense muscles. Applying ice or heat to sore muscles at the back of the neck or in the shoulders may bring relief. A warm bath can also ease tight, stiff and achy muscles. Another great way to relieve muscle tension is through massage.
- Make a Record of Your Headaches: Document when they occur and what you were doing before they began. Try to establish factors that aggravate or trigger them. If you notice any changes in the pattern or intensity, be sure to tell your chiropractor.
At Optimum Wellness in Barrie, ON, we are dedicated to helping our clients reach their maximum potential through the conceptualization of human structure and function. We offer chiropractic care, registered massage therapy, cold laser therapy, hot stone therapy, Kinesio-Taping, custom Footmaxx orthotics, and more. Call us today to schedule an appointment.