What is a tension headache?
Tension headaches can give you mild to moderate pain and can feel like a tight band around the head (a squeeze or a tightening). The main symptom is pain on both sides of the head that may be associated with muscle pain. The pain can be more severe in the front of the head for some and in the back of the head (base of the skull) for others.
What attributes to tension headaches?
Multiple factors can bring on a tension headache, including:
- inadequate sleep
- poor posture which relates to lack of joint motion (a misalignment in the spine)
Why does structural chiropractic work so well for tension headaches?
Structural chiropractic looks to correct the cause of tension headaches as it makes the spine and body more biomechanically functional. Meaning that it corrects your spinal curvatures leading to the correction of joint movement, muscles strength, a reduction in muscle tightness and tension and a reduction in the destruction of joints, bones, discs and nerves.
So how does this all happen?
When your joints (any joint) are misaligned, they cannot move correctly. When a joint does not move correctly, the stabilising muscles that support that joint become lazy and weak and the nerve connection to those muscles diminish as it’s not getting used much.
It’s use it or lose it for the body, brain and nerve connections and Just like having a cast on your arm or leg, without moving the joints for just 1-2 months you will see a huge reduction of muscle tone and strength and nerve connectivity.
More specific to the spine, without proper movement of the joints and strength of the muscles and ligaments of the spine, the spinal curves lose their most functional shape and instead of acting like springs to distribute everyday forces, all the forces go onto the bones and discs of the spine and cause degeneration, damage/injury and other dysfunctions to occur.
The deep stabilising muscles and their strength and activity are important as when they are not supporting a joint properly a whole host of problems can arise.
These muscles keep the joints in their proper position… so when they are weak:
- The joint is not getting any support.
- It’s not in it’s optimal position.
- Keeps locking up and lacks proper movement.
- The muscles keep getting weaker.
- The cycle keeps getting worse over time.
- Creates damage inside the bones, joints, discs and nerves
This weakness and instability within the deep stabilising muscles also creates tightness and stiffness in and around the bigger muscles around the body such as the neck (causing tension headaches), chest, shoulders, lower back, buttock and even arms and legs, creating a whole chain of improper movement and stress through the body.