The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension headaches are actually caused by painful knots in the musculature of the head and neck.
Often, these knots produce referred pain, pain located distant to the origin of the knot, causing a specific pattern unique to each muscle. The pain is often the same on both sides, constant and diffuse. Common patterns are a "question mark" going along the sides of the neck up into the sides of the head and temples, top of the head, back of the head, and even jaw and forehead. All these patterns are caused by various trigger points in different muscles.
Another common type is a spinally mediated headache, which originates in spinal structures of the neck such as facet joints and intervertebral discs. Spinal dysfunction can affect nervous system activity, which leads to headaches. Symptoms are similar to a tension headache. This type of a headache is best treated by chiropractic work.
Please note, even though tension headaches are very common, there is a vast array of other causes such as hypertension, trauma, or a migraine. To find out what exactly causes it, please consult your doctor or one of our professionals.
Massage helps via manual techniques on the muscles of the neck to get rid of the above-mentioned knots.
Postural re-education is also often a component of treatment to reduce possible reoccurrence in the future.
Acupuncture helps by decreasing the activity of the knots, improving parasympathetic nervous system firing, and restoring hormonal balance.
Chiropractic treatment helps by properly adjusting spinal alignment to reduce sympathetic nervous system firing, reduce strain put on muscles, and increase overall mobility of the cervical spine.