A headache is a painful sensation located in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, and may occur with other associated symptoms. There are several categories of headaches, and properly diagnosing the type of headache being experienced is crucial to getting the correct care. Tension headaches are the most common form, and are often described as a band-like tightness or pressure that originates in the back of the head or upper neck that may spread to encircle the head. The sub-occipital muscles (located at the base of the skull) are often involved, especially the Rectus Capitus Posterior Minor, which has a direct connection to the dura mater that covers the brain. The associated pain is usually not debilitating or associated with nausea, or an aura, and usually the most intense pressure may be felt at the temples or over the eyebrows.
Chiropractic care has an excellent track record of helping patients decrease the frequency of headaches, the severity of headaches, or both. At Stabilized Chiropractic, headaches are treated by a combination of manual chiropractic adjustments, stretches, soft-tissue work (massage), as well as recommendations for at-home stretches, exercises, and stress management techniques. These techniques work to release the tension in the sub-occipital muscles, and with regular care, reset the proprioceptors, especially the Golgi tendon organs, in those muscles, so that the muscles remain under less tension, causing less headaches. Many patients experience relief after their very first visit, and their condition continues to improve with subsequent adjustments.