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How Chiropractic Can Help Tension Headaches

tension headaches

Tension headaches can occur for many reason. Some of the most common causes are stress, sickness, and a misaligned spine. Painkillers will alleviate the pain quickly. However, you need to treat the root of the problem for long-term benefits. An experienced chiropractor can help.

What are Tension Headaches?


To understand why chiropractic helps tension headaches, it is important to know why they occur. Tension headaches are the most common headaches due to a misaligned spine. If you experience pain from a tension headache, you will feel a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes. A common cause of a tension headache is subluxations in the upper back and neck. A trained chiropractor can adjust your upper back and neck to relieve the misalignment in your spine that is causing your headaches.

The American Association of Chiropractic suggests methods to prevent headaches:

  • Avoid spending large amounts of time in a fixed position. Many people are sitting in front of a computer all day. Take a break every 30 minutes to an hour to stretch. These stretches will realign your spine to a natural position.
  • Engage in low-impact exercise if you are suffering from intense headaches, such as walking.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The tension results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.


Dr. Sawyer Chiropractic is an experienced chiropractic office in Santa Cruz that can provide the best chiropractic care for tension headaches. Contact us today.

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