03 Mar Tension Headaches and Stress
Did you know that there are more than 3 million cases of tension headaches each year? This is a very common reaction to the high levels of stress in our society today. So, if you suffer from them on a regular basis, you’re not alone!
Tension headaches are characterized by mild to moderate pain, often feeling like a tight band around the head area. There may be sensitivity around the sides of the head, neck and shoulders. Unlike migraines, this type of headache typically does not cause vision or stomach disturbances. However, if you struggle with chronic tension headaches, the pain can adversely affect your quality of life.
How is stress related to tension headaches?
Stress can be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from very demanding circumstances. But what can be done to reduce one’s stress level?
It is important to make quality rest a high priority to stay healthy and balanced. Adequate sleep each night can dramatically reduce one’s overall stress level. While the body is resting, it works to rebuild and revitalize the body. Give your body the time it needs to rebuild, and it will thank you!
Eating a healthy diet based on lean proteins, vegetables and plenty of water is a huge proponent of overall wellness. Decreasing the intake of caffeine and sugar, and minimizing processed foods can reduce the occurrence of tension headaches. The unhealthy additives found in many processed foods are difficult for the body to assimilate. A good rule to follow: if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, they don’t belong in your body!
An active lifestyle incorporating lots of fresh air and exercise is important in stress reduction. Exercise can reduce stress levels in the body through the release of endorphins, and increase blood flow to all body systems. It also helps improve one’s outlook on life!
Many tension headache sufferers have found amazing relief in regular chiropractic care. At Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville, Dr. David Nygaard specializes in upper cervical correction. He uses a gentle, specialized technique to ease the body back into balance. When the body is in balance, overall stress is greatly reduced. And you can get back to doing what you love!