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Health First Chiropractic Treats Tension Headaches

There's no other way to describe a tension headache than to surmise the condition as a mild to moderate pain in your head that feels like a tight band is woven around your brain. Tension headaches are annoying, and might possibly need treatment if the pain persists. Our Marysville, WA, chiropractor gathers an extensive health history, first and foremost. From there, Dr. Robert Clarke can alleviate your pain with proper protocol that includes a variety of healing methods.

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The root causes of tension headaches aren't always understood, yet it is our goal to ensure we help you manage the pain and promote ease of stress around the inflammation. Our chiropractor advocates fostering healthy habits, recommending effective non-drug treatments within our Health First Chiropractic clinic in Marysville, WA.

Symptoms of Tension Headaches

Overall signs and symptoms of tension headaches include:

  • • Dull and aching head pain
  • • Tenderness of your scalp, neck, and shoulder area
  • • The sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead, or on the sides and back of the neck

When we diagnose and subsequently treat your condition, we break the tension headache pain threshold into two specific categories: episodic and chronic.

Episodic headaches

These are the types of headaches that can develop into migraines if left untreated. An episodic tension headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire week. If you suffer from frequent episodic tension headaches, they can last for 15 days per month for at least three months. They are annoying, painful, unforeseen, and typically become chronic.

Chronic headaches

A chronic headache can last for hours and may be continuous. Oftentimes, those who are addicted to computer or cell phone screens, are in poor lighting, or have blockages in their upper cervical area tend to develop chronic tension headaches. A chronic headache can be successfully treated by our chiropractor and professional team; however, the recommendations are generally spinal adjustments, lifestyle changes, and dietary guidelines.

When to Seek Emergency Help

If you suspect the throbbing in your head isn't going away, despite continual treatments with our chiropractor, we prefer you make an appointment with your regular doctor to determine if there's more going on beyond our scope of expertise. 

Whenever the following occurs, it's time to seek emergency help:

  • • Abrupt and severe headache
  • • A persistent headache following a head injury, specifically if the headache worsens
  • • Headaches accompanied by fever, mental confusion, a stiff neck, double vision, seizures, numbness, speaking difficulties, and blurred  • • • vision

Our Marysville, WA, Chiropractor Is Your Source for Optimal Well-Being

We want to help, and we understand your pain. Contact us at 360-658-1987 to schedule a wellness exam and be on your path to lifelong health.

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Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Clarke is the best in the business!!! He is knowledgeable, thorough, passionate, kind compassionate, and always professional. He worked me into his already busy schedule, when I was having severe vertigo, caused by a pinched nerve in my neck. Dr. Clarke had me back to good in just a few short weeks."
    Jennifer D.
  • "I have had a hard time finding relief for my back pain, I've been a chronic 7 for almost 5-6 years now (on a pain scale from 1 -10). After about 6-7 visits and after 3-4 adjustments, I was amazed to realize I no longer had any back pain. Dr. Clarke was careful about doing adjustments until he saw all my x-rays, which I appreciated, as my mid-back was literally like a 'brick' and I didn't want to get hurt in the process. He is very gentle with the adjustments and I'm still somewhat speechless that my chronic pain is completely gone. I'm happy to recommend this place, as they helped me tremendously."
    Stefan H.
  • "I have been to Chiropractors for years but Dr. Clarke has done more for me in 2 months than the others have in several years! His attention to each individual to there needs is why I highly recommend him! The staff is very helpful and friendly!"
    Deanne E.
  • "I took my daughter for an initial consultation for chronic back pain. The staff was very friendly and Dr Clark was great at explaining things so that she understood what was happening"
    Jamie C.
  • "Can't praise Health 1st chiropractic enough! Dr Clarke and his wife Melissa are two of the nicest people you will ever meet! They always greet me with a genuine smile and make me feel welcome every time! Not only are they great people but the care I have received has been wonderful!"
    Becca R.
  • "Thank you for giving me my life back Dr. Clarke!"
    - Sharon H. / Marysville, WA