Stress and Tension

Welcome back students! With the new school year underway, we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about stress and tension.  We understand the pressure that students can be under and would like to discuss some tips to help keep physical tension to a minimum.  

One of the most common complaints are tension headaches caused by stress on the muscles around the head and neck.  A lot of tension can be carried in the neck and shoulders as well, causing your shoulders to rise and neck to be strained.  If we are able to keep these muscles relaxed, there is less of a chance that a headache will develop. 

An important practice to incorporate into your day if you suffer from tension headaches, is stretching!  In the link below, Dr. Shawna shares her favourite stretch for tension headaches. This stretch in particular was highly beneficial to me personally and once I was proactive in my stretches and posture, the frequency of my headaches decreased.

Another area where tension can build and cause headaches is in our jaws.  Teeth clenching in particular causes the muscles around the jaw to tighten, which then passes the strain and tension to other areas of the skull, causing headaches. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can be brought on by dental issues such as misaligned teeth, however clenching your jaw, poor posture, and stress can also be contributors. 

If you suffer from tension headaches or TMJ pain, please speak to one of our Doctor’s at your next visit.  There are a variety of treatments and exercises that will help ease the pain and also help prevent or decrease the frequency of your headaches.