The Relationship Between Tension Headaches & Vertebral Subluxations

May 4, 2014

Tension headaches, sometimes referred to as stress headaches, are experienced by at least 78 percent of people in their lifetime. These headaches range in intensity and duration with episodic (less than 15 days per month) or chronic (more than 15 days per month) frequency. Luckily, chiropractic care often results in reduced symptoms immediately and lasts longer than other therapies without the harmful side effects.


The most common cause of tension headaches are subluxations (spinal nerve interference) in the upper cervical (neck) area. Subluxations restrict movement of your vertebrae, cause nerve interference, stresses muscles and can even interrupt the blood supply to your brain. At the top of your cervical spine there is a small muscle (RCPM) with a tendon that lies between your upper neck and the base of your skull. Although your brain doesn’t feel pain, the tendon connected to the dura mater (thin tissue which covers your brain) is very pain-sensitive. When your cervical vertebrae are subluxated, the RCPM spasms, pulling the tendon. This causes pain in the dura mater, which will result in a headache.

A doctor of chiropractic can perform an analysis of your spinal movement, the overall condition of your spine and determine which vertebrae are subluxated in order to determine the best course of action to help reduce your subluxations, often resulting in relief of your tension headaches. Spinal adjustments can relieve stress and pressure on the areas affected by subluxations. Doctors of chiropractic may also offer nutritional advice and other information, which may contribute to your well-being, teach you about proper posture for work and leisure activities and provide you with exercises and relaxation techniques designed to minimize the occurrence of your headaches. Most patients experience some relief after the first adjustment, and most chiropractic patients show a marked improvement in alleviated symptoms and frequency of tension headaches over time.

Here’s the bottom line in chiropractic care — if you’re alive and have subluxations, you’re better off alive without subluxations. Call 800.775,7900, or contact Chiropractic Lifecare of America today to find out how you can save up to 50 percent on quality chiropractic care.

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