The most common type of headache is caused by problems with your neck muscles. This muscle-tension headache is often described as achy, dull, throbbing and vice-like. It typically begins at the base of the skull and upper part of the neck and may radiate into the eyes, temple or jaw. These headaches may be felt on one or both sides of the head. Often loud noises or bright lights may make them worse.
Muscle-tension headaches can be avoided by maintaining proper posture and correct neck movements while performing normal daily activities. You should:
- Avoid slouching when sitting or driving.
- Keep your computer monitor at eye level.
- Avoid reading with your neck bent forward for long periods of time.
- Take frequent breaks from reading and working on a computer. (we recommend pushing back from the desk every hour and perform a two minute neck stretch)
- Exercise on a daily basis. Recent studies show just eight minutes of moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk, can be very helpful.
Hope this helps!! Dr Matt Smith - Chiropractor