Back in Balance Family Chiropractic

Tension Headaches

By: Adam Renelt, DC

Updated 01/23/2024

Tension Headache Causes and Symptoms

Headaches are one of the most common reasons for a person to visit a chiropractic office.  Tension headaches are very common and almost everyone will suffer from one at some point in their lives.  Some people struggle with headaches often and will get them on a daily basis and struggle. Other people may only get them once a year or less. A tension headache often will start in the neck and travel up to the head and cause a pressure-like feeling in the head.  Often the symptoms will get worse as the day goes on.  Frequent computer or mobile device use may play a role in headaches, but anybody can be affected by tension headaches.  Causes can include poor posture, trauma, stress, poor diet, jaw clenching and vertebral subluxations in the neck or upper back.  If someone frequently has neck, upper back, or shoulder pain that is accompanied by a headache, chiropractic care may be able to help.

Poor Posture and Headache

In our digital world many Americans spends five or more hours per day using computers, phones and other digital devices. Since starting practice in 2008 I feel that the poor posture many people have while using technology has an effect on their spine. A common posture to see is someone sitting or standing with their head down and shoulders rolled forward. This can cause increased stress on the spine and related muscles. This poor posture may also lead to increased risk of degeneration in the spine among other harmful effects.

How Can a Chiropractor Help Tension Headaches?

At your visit a chiropractor will discuss your history and lifestyle to determine if there are any triggers for your headaches.  Then, they will evaluate your posture and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if chiropractic care may be able to help. The examination performed our office may include the use of a Nervoscope instrument, palpation of the spine, orthopedic/neurological testing and x-rays. If misalignment, or subluxation, is found your chiropractor will typically perform a spinal adjustment.  This may help to improve spinal function and to help loosen tight muscles. Stretching, massage, postural exercises, and core exercises may also be used by your chiropractor. Finally, recommendations about future visits, postural changes and lifestyle changes may be discussed. The number of visits recommended by your chiropractor will vary based on your history and examination findings. Many of our Sioux Falls patients report fewer tension headaches with less severity of symptoms when under chiropractic care.

Adam Renelt, DC is the founder of Back in Balance Chiropractic. Dr. Adam grew up on a farm in South Dakota and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 2004. In 2007 he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and started his career in private practice. He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and son.  In his free time he enjoys reading and being outdoors, mountain biking and hiking.

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