San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:
Many of the muscles in the neck attach to the cervical spine (neck bones). It's these muscles that allow you to turn your head and look up and down. The neck muscles also act like guide wires to help keep your skull (which is the weight of a bowling ball) in place.
When we are under stress and the muscles tighten-up it can actually pull the neck bones out of alignment...what chiropractors call a Vertebral Subluxation...it's what we treat.
When this happens, nerves can become pinched causing even more symptoms than just the headache, such as neck pain, pain down the arm, pain between the shoulders, pain in the hands, and night pain.
If you are under ongoing mental stress, you can develop chronic headaches and neck pain, which can lead to other health problems such as insomnia, loss of concentration, and depressed immune response.
Many call Stress the Silent Killer because stress also produces "stress hormones" that are very destructive to your cardiovascular system and over-all health.
So sure, stress can cause headaches...stress is a primary cause of headaches. But stress can also put you at risk of heart attack and stroke.
So what's the best way to manage stress?
Well, a healthy "chiropractic" lifestyle is probably your best defense. The chiropractic lifestyle consists of regular chiropractic adjustments to help maintain a healthy nervous system and reduce muscle tension and stress. Regular exercise, plenty of rest, lots of water, and a clean healthy diet (I prefer a plant based diet) are also part of the chiropractic lifestyle. As is a positive attitude.
People handle stress differently, so you just need to figure out what works best for you...and your chiropractor can help you do it.
I would consider chiropractic your best choice for stress headaches treatment and prevention...it's one of the most common conditions we treat. Your chiropractor will help fix the symptoms of the headache and the cause...it just makes sense!