Headaches are an issue that most people are familiar with, but most of us don’t have to deal with headaches on a daily basis. However, other people may be dealing with headaches that seem to happen every day, and these could be a different type of headache called chronic headaches.
What are chronic headaches?
Chronic headaches are related to issues that can cause headaches every day. According to the American Migraine Foundation, people with chronic headaches have headaches at least 15 days every month. To fit the criteria, they must also have 15 or more headache days per month for six months or more.
What factors can cause daily headaches?
There are many issues that could be the cause of chronic daily headaches. Here are three factors that can lead to these frequent headaches:
Stress could be one reason you’re having headaches every day. This is because mental and psychological stress can actually cause physical issues in your body, and one example of such a physical issue is muscle tension. This is why it’s common to feel lots of tension in the shoulders and neck when you’re really stressed, and muscle tension in these areas can morph into headaches. Thus, daily stress and muscle tension can lead to daily headaches.
- Poor posture
Another factor that could be causing the headaches you have every day is poor posture. Posture is the way you hold your body when you’re sitting or standing, and abnormal posture can create tension and pain in neck muscles, which can be transmitted into your head. Poor neck posture is especially common now that most people spend so much time every day on their computer or cellphone.
There are also several head and neck injuries that could be the cause of your daily headaches. An example of such an injury is whiplash. This injury occurs when the head moves violently back and forth, and it most commonly happens during a car accident. Whiplash can lead to strains or tears in neck muscles, which can lead to frequent headaches.
Another injury that has been known to cause chronic headaches is a concussion. Concussions are a type of brain bruising, and they occur when the brain runs into the inside of the skull. Often, the injury is caused by impacts to the head. In many cases, the source of this impact is a car accident or playing a high-impact sport like football or rugby.
Continuum Wellness can help treat many daily headache causes
Are you tired of wondering what’s causing your daily headaches? Continuum Wellness can help you with our free screenings. This service is designed to give us the chance to examine you and figure out the root cause of your headaches, but this information can also be helpful for your treatment plan, too. We use the information we gather from screenings to build personalized treatment plans for each patient’s needs. Also, the information can help us pick the best therapy techniques for your plan, and this might include techniques such as:
- Therapeutic exercises
- Manual therapy
- Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
- McKenzie Method®
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment to start treating your headaches.