Everyday Triggers to Avoid If You Have Chronic Headaches

Research suggests that at least 12% of Americans suffer from recurring headaches. Rather than visiting a pain specialist, many of them either ignore their headaches or opt for painkillers instead. 

However, ignoring the cause of your pain may lead to long-term complications. That doesn’t mean all migraines have preventable triggers, but most do. 

To help you out, our team at Pro Rehab Chiropractic put together a short guide on the most common triggers for headaches and how to avoid them.

Chronic stress 

You’ve probably heard this before: Chronic stress could be causing your headaches. But what kind of stress triggers headaches? 

Researchers found out that it’s not just traumatic events that can lead to headaches. Small, everyday hurdles — such as a demanding job, a long commute, or a lack of sleep — can trigger them, too.

If you suspect that everyday stress could be the cause of your headaches, eliminate some tasks from your to-do list, and look into stress management techniques. 

Bad posture 

Do you work in front of a computer? Are you an avid smartphone or tablet user? Tech neck is an ailment that can occur if you spend a lot of time looking down at your electronic devices, and it usually involves a poor posture. 

When you have tech neck, the muscles around your neck and shoulders get strained and inflamed. This can cause radiating pain that starts from the base of your neck and goes all the way to your forehead.

The best way to reduce the strain on your neck is to avoid tilting your head while using an electronic device and raising the device to eye level. 

Teeth grinding 

Everyone grinds their teeth sometimes, but grinding them unconsciously throughout the day or during sleep is a condition called bruxism. This condition is usually triggered by anxiety and stress. 

When you grind your teeth continuously, you put a lot of pressure on your jaw bone and jaw muscles, which can lead to recurring headaches, jaw stiffness, and worn-down teeth.

Learn more about chronic headaches 

Chronic headaches are the leading cause of neurological disability in adults under 50. Although painkillers can help reduce the pain, pain medication alone isn’t enough to improve your quality of life. Using pain medication too often can also lead to even more headaches. 

Dr. James Sheehan and our team at Pro Rehab Chiropractic takes a holistic approach to pain and looks at all the possible causes for your recurring headaches. We also provide personalized treatment plans that may include dietary and lifestyle changes, corrective exercises, and gentle chiropractic adjustments. 

Visit us at one of our locations in Wilmington, Newark, Middletown or Lewes today. 

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Dr. James Sheehan Dr. James Sheehan is an expert in the treatment of neck and back pain.

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