5 Ways to Relieve Tension Headaches Without Medication

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen DC

Last Updated on April 15, 2024

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and they can be very debilitating. Most people reach for over-the-counter or prescription medication to get relief, but there are some effective ways to relieve tension headaches without medication. Keep reading to learn five chiropractic tips for relieving tension headaches.

1. Improve Your Posture

One of the most common causes of tension headaches is poor posture. If you spend a lot of time hunched over a computer or sitting in a chair without proper support, your muscles and joints can become strained, leading to tension headaches. Improving your posture is one of the best things you can do to prevent and relieve tension headaches.

2. Stretch and Strengthen Your Neck Muscles

Stretching and strengthening the muscles in your neck can also help prevent and relieve tension headaches. If your neck muscles are weak, they can’t support your head properly, which can lead to strain and pain. Regularly stretching and strengthening your neck muscles can help reduce strain on your joints and muscles, preventing tension headaches.

3. Adjust Your Diet

What you eat can also affect the frequency and severity of tension headaches. Eating foods that are high in sugar can cause blood sugar swings that can trigger headaches. Caffeine withdrawal can also cause headaches, so if you regularly drink coffee or soda, consider quitting. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid skipping meals.

4. Get Regular Exercise

Exercise is not only good for your overall health, but it can also help relieve tension headaches by reducing stress levels. Stress is a common trigger for tension headaches, so finding ways to reduce stress can help prevent them. Exercise releases endorphins that have natural pain-relieving properties, so even moderate exercise can help reduce the intensity of tension headaches.

5. Visit Your Chiropractor

Chiropractic care is an effective way to prevent and relieve tension headaches by restoring alignment to the spine and easing muscle and joint strain. When you visit us chiropractor for regular adjustments, we will gently adjust the joints in your neck and back into their proper position. This relieves pressure on muscles and nerves, reducing strain caused by poor posture or injury. Depending on the severity of your headaches, we may also recommend massage therapy or physiotherapy as part of your treatment plan.

Final Thoughts

Tension headaches are very common but they don’t have to be a part of your life. There are many things you can do to prevent and relieve tension headaches without medication. Try these five tips from our team at Happy Family Chiropractic to find relief from headache pain naturally!


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