Tension Headaches

If you experience tension headaches, the discomfort can impact your daily activities and overall quality of life. At Gilbert Wellness Center in Des Moines, IA, our team offers chiropractic treatments to alleviate your pain and improve your overall health. Not only that, but we also specialize in vertigo treatment, fibromyalgia treatment, and chronic stress relief.


Understanding Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches, which occur due to stress and muscle tension. Most tension headaches do not cause vomiting, nausea, or light sensitivity, however, they do cause a consistent ache that affects both sides of the head. The two main types of tension headaches include:

  • Episodic — These tension headaches occur less than 15 days per month
  • Chronic — These tension headaches happen more than 15 days per month

Symptoms of Tension Headaches

Symptoms of tension headaches can cause mild, moderate, or extreme pain behind your eyes, neck, or head. It is helpful to know the symptoms, as they can help our chiropractor determine an accurate diagnosis and provide the appropriate treatment. Some symptoms of tension headaches include:

  • Tension headaches that occur gradually
  • Pain on both sides of the head
  • Pain that feels like a vice or band around the head
  • Pain that travels to the neck or back of the head
  • Mild or dull pain
  • Tender scalp, neck, shoulders, or temples
  • Tight scalp muscles
  • Difficulty focusing

Causes of Tension Headaches

Tension headaches can develop due to a variety of factors. However, it is essential to understand the causes in order to treat them and prevent headaches from reoccurring. Some of these causes include the following:

  • Physical stress
  • Cold, flu, or sinus infection
  • Illness
  • Jaw or dental issues
  • Head injury
  • Neck or back injury
  • Genetics
  • Poor posture
  • Low blood sugar
  • High blood pressure

Chiropractic Care for Tension Headaches

At our practice, we provide several treatments to eliminate pain due to tension headaches. We also offer preventative treatments to prevent the headaches from returning. Some techniques we utilize include:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage Therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling

Contact us for an Appointment Today

At Gilbert Wellness Center in Des Moines, IA, we offer chiropractic care to help reduce tension headaches. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule your first appointment, call our office at (515) 278-0456 today!

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