Taming Tension Headaches Naturally


Tension headaches generally involve mild to moderate diffuse pain that is sometimes describedas a tight band squeezing around your head.  They are the most common type of a headache, yet the cause of them is not well understood.  Managing tension headaches often comes in the form of taking an over-the-counter painkiller and lying down for some rest in a dark, quiet place.  However, there are some more natural ways to approach tension headache treatment.

Some suggested “home” remedies to tension headaches include the following:

  • Try to manage stress levels – developing habits and routines that minimize stressful situations and staying organized may help to reduce the occurrence of tension headaches.
  • Taking a hot bath or shower, or applying a heating pad to aching muscles in the back of the neck may help.
  • Ice may also help to alleviate some of the tension in the neck associated with aheadache.  An ice pack can be applied to the neck or across the forehead.
  • Good posture while standing and sitting can help reduce muscle strain.  If your job demands a lot of time in a chair, be sure to take regular breaks to stand up and move around.

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Another natural approach to tension headache treatment actually seeks to correct the root cause of why a headache may begin in the first place.  In Schaumburg, IL, Dr. Barone looks to the spinal structure of the vertebrae in the neck as a possible cause of tension headaches, as well as migraines and other headache types.  Often, a misalignment of one of the top two vertebrae in the neck is found to be a major contributing factor in patients who are prone todevelop tension headaches.  When these bones shift away from their normal alignment, they cause imbalances in muscle tension, as well as compromise neurological function.  By working to restore normal alignment to these vertebrae, balance to the spine, its supporting muscles, and the nerves is also allowed to return to normal.

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