Headache is one of the most commonly treated health conditions in our Walnut Creek chiropractic care center. There are lots of types of head pain and their causes vary, but “Muscular Tension Headache” is the most common type. Tension head pain usually originate from long term contraction of the suboccipital muscles. The suboccipital muscles connect the junction between the back of the skull and the bones of the neck. A number of factors are generally involved causing a common head pain, as follows:
- Inflammation of the muscles and other “trigger points.”
- Irritation of the joints and compression of the nerves.
- Dural traction on the spine and brainstem.
Nowadays, more and more individuals are inclined to sit for many hours with contracted postural muscles but with no significant physical exercise. Your muscle use up fuel and produce waste everytime there is contraction. Some of the waste products of this contraction are histamine, bradykinins and lactic acid, which are irritants. If they are not properly taken out of the muscle they can trigger muscular inflammation, pain and build up into localized tender parts generally known as “trigger points.”
Those waste products must normally be watered down and taken out of the muscle tissue by the circulation. This procedure depends on the regular “contract – relax” muscle cyle. When the muscle contracts it generates a force on the fluids in the muscle and drives the blood out transporting away muscular waste products. When the muscle relaxes the force falls and blood surges back in transporting essential nutrients and energy.
Whenever we sit or stand, we are making use of our back and neck muscles necessary to support our body. When these muscles are kept contracted for a long time (several hours spent sitting or standing), the muscles are producing irritative waste products, but not relaxing and burning themselves of the irritants. After a while these irritants will cause the muscles to shed their normal flexibility and resting length starting to be stiffened and shortened. These stiffened and shortened muscles, often supported by trigger points could cause head and neck reflex pain.
If you are curious on how chiropractors can help you treat your head pain, call our Walnut Creek chiropractic office at 925-939-7778.