Tension-type headache is one of the most common type of headache experienced by adults. It is characterised by a tight, band-like pain behind the ears, in the head or around the neck of a person. It can vary from person to person, some individuals can experience intensive and long-lasting pain while others could be mild and subside with a good rest. In addition, people suffering from tension-type headache can have episodic headaches, which occur once or twice every month on average.
Causes of tension-type headaches
There are many possible causes to trigger tension-type headaches ranging from stressful environment to genetics issue. The following is a list of potential cause of tension-type headache;
-Cold or flu
-Decreased water intake
-Lack of sleep
How to treat tension-type headaches
Individuals suffering from tension-type headaches should first figure out the possible cause of the headache and try to fix it. For example, if a person isn’t having sufficient sleep recently, he or she should get rid of the habit of sleeping late to make sure that they have enough sleep. Furthermore, they can consume some over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin to get temporary relief of the headache, however, it is not recommended to overuse OTC medication as prolonged usage of OTC drugs will cause an individual to be accustomed to the medication and will experience pain when the drugs wear off.
Tension-type headache sufferer can choose to consult health professionals for treatments such as:
Stress management classes – assist with handling stress and relieve tension.
Biofeedback – a relaxation technique for pain and stress management.
Cognitive behavioural therapy – a talk therapy that helps patients to recognise situations that cause them stress, anxiety and tension.
Acupuncture – an alternative therapy that reduces stress and tension by applying fine needles to specific areas of body.
Low Lever Laser Therapy – a therapy that applies cold laser/ low level laser onto the primary point of injury and promote healing of that area to relieve headache.
Low Lever Laser Therapy in the usefulness of headaches
Low lever laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is a treatment method that is natural, effective and maybe beneficial for tension-type headache. It works by having the laser placed over the primary point of injury that causes the headache and relieves the pain. In addition, cold laser therapy will stimulate the release of natural serotonin and endogenous opioids in the body that will promote natural pain relief.
In most cases, patients will get some improvements within a couple of weeks where the pain will reduce and occur less often, however, the treatment usually last for 2 to 3 months in order to completely relieve tension-type headache.
At Lakeside Chiropractic, our experienced laser therapists are trained to perform low level laser therapy that can help patients to relieve tension-type headache effectively. Lakeside Laser is located in the heart of Joondalup in Perth’s north on 3/45 Central Walk, with visitors from around Perth including, Hilary’s, Currambine, Iluka, Inglewood, Yanchep, Wembley Downs and Leederville. To talk to our trained cold laser/ super pulsed laser professionals about therapy you can contact us on 93000095 to book an appointment or schedule a treatment via our book now tab on our website www.lakesidelaser.com.au. Our staff look forward to seeing you shortly.
Dr Linda Schiller has over 25 years work experience and has been a practicing chiropractor in the UK and South Africa since 1998, you can now access her chiropractic care in Joondalup, Northern Suburbs Perth, Australia, to get you back on the road to health.