Do You Suffer From Tension Headaches?

Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches. They may occur at any age but are most common in adults and adolescents. They occur when the neck and surrounding muscles become tense or contract.

The muscle contracts can be a response to stress, depression, a head injury and/or anxiety. Other common triggers for tension headaches include: neck and shoulder pain, spinal cord compression, caffeine, colds, flus, sinus infections, dental problems, excessive smoking, fatigue and/or overexertion. Chronic headaches occur if condition persists two or more times a week for several months or longer.

What are the four stages of Migraines?

  1. Prodrome: Occurs one or two days before a migraine. You may notice subtle changes including constipation, depression, diarrhea, food cravings, hyperactivity, irritability and neck stiffness.

  2. Aura: This is usually described as visual phenomena such as seeing various shapes, loss of vision, tingling in arms and legs as well as speech or language problems.

  3. Attack: Pain can occur in a pulsating form on one side of your head. Individual can be sensitive to light, sound and smells. Some other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, eye pain and fatigue.

  4. Postdrome: Individual may feel drained and washed out while others feel mildly euphoric.

How does CNS treat tension headaches?

In order to treat this condition, CNS offers acupuncture, herbal treatment and physical therapy. Acupuncture involves insertion and manipulation of fine needles at various prescribed body pressure points. Physical therapy methods offer a more holistic approach to pain relief through acupressure, spinal manipulation and periodic adjustments of joints and soft tissue including stretching and therapeutic exercise.