You are sitting at your desk all day making charts, answering phones, and trying to check things off your to-do list when it hits you- the dreaded tension headache.

There are numerous kinds of headaches, each with multiple causes.  Here is some information specifically to tension headaches.

What is a tension headache?

Tension headaches are the cause of up to 90% of all headaches.  They are often cervicogenic headache (meaning from the neck). They present usually in the mid-afternoon or after a long day.  They can be at the base of your head, in your neck or other muscles, or behind your eyes and into your temples.  They can be mild to severe and show different symptoms in different people.

What should I do if I have one?

First, call your chiropractor to set up an exam and treatment.  The exam will make sure it is not more serious.  the treatment can help because they stem from the neck so a chiropractic adjustment can reduce the pain and frequency of headaches.  Other ways chiropractors can help: muscles work, nutritional tips, and acupuncture.

Then, walk away from your computer and go get yourself a glass of water.  Dehydration presents as headache so hydrating yourself may work.  Also, getting up and getting your body moving can reduce your stress.

How can I prevent them?

Besides regular chiropractic adjustments, stay hydrated, check your posture, finds ways to keep your stress down, exercise regularly, get enough sleep at night, and eat healthy snacks throughout the day.