Tension & Cervicogenic Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache associated with tightness of the soft tissue in the head, neck and shoulders. Tension headaches could be releated to poor posture, stress, depression, anxiety or head injury. Tension headaches are usually experienced on both sides of the head.  Tension headaches usually start at the back of the head and spread to the front. Tension headaches may occur when head and neck muscles become tense. The muscle tension may be as result of stress, anxiety, depression, and/or head injury. 

Tension Headache Risk Factors:

The following some of tension headache risk factors

  • Women
  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Head injury
  • TMJ disorders

Triggers for Tension Headache:

The following could be triggers for tension headaches

  • Poor posture
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Alcohol 
  • Caffeine 
  • Smoking 
  • TMJ/ jaw problem such as clenching or grinding
  • Eye strain
  • The flu, cold or sinus infection

Tension Headache Symptoms:

These are some of the tension headache symptoms

  • Dull & aching pressure 
  • A tight band on the head
  • Head and neck pain all over
  • Symptoms are worse in the head, neck, temples, back, shoulders
  • Sleep disturbance

Tension Headache Treatment:

Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR), developed by Dr. Jacobs(patent pending), is a very gentle, effective and natural approach to treating tension headaches

Our doctors use ASTR to relieve tension headache pain and symptoms.

  • ASTR Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR tools to release myofascial restriction, which is very common with tension headache
  • Releasing muscle trigger points and hypertonicity: it is very common with tension headache that the muscle starts to spasm or tighten as a protective mechanism. Using the ASTR maneuvers, patients can experience relief from tension headache
  • Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time for tension headache
  • Special exercise program to strengthen the weak muscles and stretch the tight muscles that causes tension headache

Call us today to start the journey of pain relief!

  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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