According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), nine in every 10 Americans suffer from headaches. There are three types of primary headaches: tension, sinus, and migraines. Tension headaches are one of the most common that can affect people of all ages. While some may cause a dull ache, other headaches can strike with great severity and excruciating pounding pain. Headaches can make it challenging to perform your usual everyday tasks, regardless of whether you suffer from occasional headaches or they occur more frequently.
Understanding the common triggers of headaches can help you prevent their onset, which is why today, your chiropractor in Littleton will explore the common causes of this type of pain. Contact Arne Wellness Center to find out how chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy can relieve the type of headaches you experience.
Common Causes of Tensions Headaches
Tension headaches are classified into two categories: episodic (acute, vary in duration, occur less frequently) and chronic (continuous, longer-lasting, occur frequently). While the specific cause of headaches varies from person-to-person, there are common headache triggers.
Symptoms of Tension Headaches
The onset of tension headaches may include:
- Dull ache
- Sharp pain
- Tightness and tenderness in your head and neck muscles
- Pressure and tightness across your forehead, temples, and back of your head.
Tension headaches are more likely to occur when you’re feeling stressed. When you feel stressed, your body reacts by tensing up. Your muscles tense up and stiffen — especially those in your neck, shoulders, and upper back — you grind your teeth, and you probably have difficulty sleeping. All of these can trigger a dull ache or throbbing pain to develop in your head, or make an existing mild headache even worse.
Lack of Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep helps keep us healthy and functioning. However, if you suffer from sleep disturbances, say, from stress keeping you awake, a lack of sleep can trigger tension headaches to occur.
Changes in weather and barometric pressure can also cause tension headaches. While more confirmed evidence is still needed, some studies have shown a potential link between weather changes and the brain’s chemical and electrical response that can irritate nerves as a result of these environmental changes.
Food and Beverages
Certain food additives in many foods and beverages can trigger tension headaches for individuals with sensitivities to these. Foods like chocolate, nuts, caffeinated drinks, and foods containing amino acid tyramine such as wine, cheese, and fish can also cause the onset of head pain. Inflammatory foods and beverages are also linked to tension headaches. These include foods high in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.
Contact Your Littleton Chiropractor
Headaches are a common concern for people of all ages and walks of life, but there ways to find relief. Talk to you chiropractor in Littleton about the headaches you experience and Dr. Arne will determine an effective treatment plan tailored to your specific symptoms. Here at Arne Wellness Center, helping you heal from pain and discomfort is our top priority, so contact us today and let us help you feel better.