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How Chiropractic Care Eases Tension Headaches in Mechanicsville 

 August 4, 2023

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

If you suffer from frequent tension headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. But you don’t have to keep popping pain medication and hoping for relief. Chiropractic care offers a drug-free way to ease headache pain by addressing the underlying cause.

At Stover Chiropractic, P.C. in Mechanicsville, VA, our experienced chiropractor provides specialized care to relieve tension headaches. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Tripp Stover helps patients find lasting relief from headache pain.

Keep reading to learn more about how chiropractic treatment can help relieve your tension headaches.

What Causes Tension Headaches?

Tension headaches are extremely common. Over 30 million Americans suffer from tension headaches each year. They differ from migraines in that they produce a constant, pressing pain rather than throbbing pain.

Tension headaches result from tightening in the muscles of the shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw. This muscle tension can develop from poor posture, neck injuries, stress, anxiety, and more. The tense muscles put pressure on surrounding nerves, blood vessels and bones. This triggers pain signals to the brain which you experience as a headache.

Women tend to get tension headaches more often than men. Risk increases with age as well. Tension headaches tend to become more frequent during middle age.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Relieve Tension Headaches

Tension headaches often result from minor misalignments in the upper neck vertebrae and base of the skull. This is known as the craniocervical junction. Even small misalignments here can irritate surrounding nerves and tense neck and scalp muscles, causing headache pain.

Our chiropractor performs gentle adjustments to realign these vertebrae in the upper cervical spine and craniocervical junction. This releases pressure on local nerves and allows tense muscles to relax.

Adjustments also improve blood flow to the brain. Headaches often develop when blood vessels in the neck and scalp become inflamed. By enhancing circulation, chiropractic care reduces headache triggers like inflammation.

Over a course of treatments, spinal adjustments help prevent tension headaches from developing in the first place. Patients find they get fewer and milder headaches after regular chiropractic care.

Why Choose Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Headaches

Here at Stover Chiropractic, we specialize in upper cervical chiropractic methods to treat headaches. Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the top two vertebrae in the spine, known as the atlas and axis.

Misalignments here are a leading cause of tension headaches. That’s because the upper cervical spine directly connects to the base of the skull, surrounding nerves and muscles. By realigning this area, upper cervical adjustments effectively treat headaches at the source.

Our chiropractor, Dr. Tripp Stover, uses advanced analysis like cervical x-rays and upper cervical imaging. This allows him to precisely locate upper neck misalignments contributing to each patient’s headache pain. Then he performs gentle corrections to restore normal alignment and function.

The Benefits of Drug-Free Headache Relief

The chiropractic approach offers many advantages for tension headache relief:

No medication side effects

Pain relievers only cover up headache symptoms instead of resolving the underlying problem. Their side effects like liver damage and rebound headaches also discourage long-term use. Chiropractic adjustment treats the root cause so you don’t have to rely on medication.

Non-invasive treatment

Our adjustments are gentle and non-invasive. We don’t use any painful needle pokes or harsh manipulations. Patients relax comfortably while the chiropractor applies light, precise correction forces.

Preventative care

Rather than waiting for headaches to strike, chiropractic care helps prevent them proactively. Regular adjustments keep your upper neck aligned and flexible, stopping headaches before they start. Patients find they get tension headaches less frequently after beginning care.

Lasting relief

Medication only provides temporary headache relief. But specific chiropractic adjustments bring lasting results by improving neck function and posture. Patients enjoy fewer and less intense headaches over time.

Whole body wellness

Adjusting the upper neck impacts the whole spine. Proper alignment minimizes nerve irritation and muscle tension throughout your back and extremities. This enhances overall health and well-being.

Why Patients Choose Stover Chiropractic for Headache Relief

With his expertise in chiropractic orthospinology, Dr. Tripp Stover achieves excellent results in relieving tension headaches. Patients find lasting relief without medication side effects.

Our clinic provides a welcoming, compassionate environment. We listen carefully and develop customized treatment plans to meet each patient’s needs. Our goal is to help you live without frequent tension headaches so you can enjoy life pain-free.

At Stover Chiropractic, we have over 25 years experience treating tension headaches. Dr. Stover stays current on the latest research and techniques for optimal patient results. We also utilize modern technology like computerized adjusting instruments to enhance the precision of your care.

What to Expect During Your Headache Relief Visit

During your first appointment at Stover Chiropractic, Dr. Stover will conduct a thorough evaluation. He will:

  • Review your health history and headache symptoms
  • Assess your posture and neck mobility
  • Perform orthopedic and neurological tests
  • Take cervical x-rays if needed to visualize the upper spine
  • Use upper cervical analysis to detect misalignments

After determining the source of your headache pain, Dr. Stover will explain your customized treatment plan. He may provide a gentle adjustment during initial visits to start restoring proper neck alignment.

Most patients report decreased headache pain and intensity right after their first few adjustments. We will schedule follow-up visits to realign your upper neck and reinforce proper motion. This provides lasting relief from tension headaches.

Adjustments are quick and comfortable without any twisting movements. You just relax while Dr. Stover makes precise corrections using light instrument pressure.

Over your course of care, we will monitor your headache symptoms and adjust your plan as needed. Our goal is headache freedom without long-term medication use.

Experience Effective Headache Relief in Mechanicsville, VA

If you’re tired of suffering from tension headaches, choose Stover Chiropractic for proven relief. Call us today at (804) 559-1100 to schedule an appointment at our Mechanicsville office located at 9129 Dickey Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

Our upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Tripp Stover, will provide a thorough evaluation and tailor an effective treatment plan just for you. Discover how chiropractic care can ease your headache pain so you can live headache-free. Give us a call today!

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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