Tension Headaches in Vancouver, WA

Tension Headaches vs Migraines

Many people suffer from tension headaches or migraines. However, sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. Luckily, no matter which you’re suffering from, chiropractic care can often help provide pain relief. At Davis Family Chiropractic and Massage in Vancouver, we provide tension headache relief and treatment for migraines.


The Causes of Tension and Migraine Headaches

If you have a tension headache it is because the muscles in your head are contracting. You may experience this after eating certain foods or participating in certain activities. Stressors are also one of the common causes of tension headaches. The symptoms that this type of headache causes include a dull pain in your head and pressure surrounding your forehead. Scalp and forehead tenderness can also be a sign of a tension headache. If you are asking yourself, how long do tension headaches last, the answer is that some subside in a little as 30 minutes while others can take several days. 

There are a few possible causes of migraine headaches. One is an abnormality of chemicals in the brain. Some people are genetically predisposed to these types of headaches. Certain disorders can also be the cause. However, it can also be caused by something as simple as eating the wrong foods or even not eating at all. Migraines tend to cause nausea and last longer than tension headaches. It can take as little as four hours for a migraine to subside or as long as three days. Some even suffer for a week before feeling any relief. 

Treatments for Tension and Migraine Headaches in Vancouver, WA

When it comes to tension headaches chiropractic care is often an effective treatment method. Our chiropractor can perform a realignment of your spine and vertebrate. A massage from a chiropractor is safer and more effective than doing it yourself. Our doctor will work to relax the muscles that are causing the headache. Manipulating the top of your back as well as your neck can chase a tension headache away. 

Studies show that chiropractic care is effective in treating migraines as well. Test subjects were found to suffer from migraines less frequently after being treated by a chiropractor. Furthermore, when the subjects did experience headaches they did not last as long. It is important to be able to recognize the trigger points that cause tension or migraine headaches. A doctor can help you determine what they are and how to avoid them if at all possible.

Contact Our Vancouver Chiropractor Today! 

If you are suffering from headaches, be sure to call us at (360) 823-2225 to make an appointment at Davis Family Chiropractic and Massage in Vancouver. We will work with you to manage your headache pain.