About Chronic Tension of the Head & Neck
Chronic tension problems — particularly those of the head and neck regions — can be debilitating and downright excruciating. They can affect the way we work, prevent us from doing the things we love, disrupt our sleep patterns, and even cause more significant pain conditions down the line (ex., persistent headaches).
Chronic tension in the head and neck can be the result of things like poor posture at work, or any of a wide variety of other habits. Indeed, it is often the case that chronic tension strikes people with jobs that involve a sedentary desk position throughout the day, or that must perform repetitive tasks for long periods. Jobs that involve heavy lifting can also lead to the development of a chronic tension condition.
Regardless of how you may have developed a chronic tension condition in the head and/or neck, know that these conditions usually do not go away on their own once they become truly severe. Something must be done to restore balance or the head and neck tension WILL persist.
Head and Neck Chronic Tension Treatment: How it Works
When tension of the head or neck becomes acute, people often turn to over-the-counter pain killers or muscle relaxers for relief. If the tension becomes severe, often times the sufferer will seek professional help from a doctor or chiropractor. If chiropractic manipulation does not work and the patient ends up seeing a physician, it is not uncommon that more powerful painkillers and muscle relaxers are prescribed. These medications may help temporarily, but the patient must often endure uncomfortable side effects as a result of their use. Furthermore, as a chronic head and neck tension treatment option, medications do nothing to correct the root cause of tension and pain. While it may seem like an acceptable and temporary tradeoff, this is by far NOT the most troubling issue with prescription medication use for chronic tension.
The greater problem is that many chronic tension problems in the head and neck do not get resolved long-term just by using medication. Drugs can’t treat the root causes for tension because they do nothing to correct the underlying condition. All they can do is lessen symptoms, and temporarily at that.
If neuromuscular force issues are at the root of the tension and pain you experience in your head and neck, get diagnosed by a neuromuscular dentist to pinpoint the true causes. Rehabilitation is possible for most — without drugs, needles, or additional pain.
Pioneering Diagnostic Technologies for Chronic Head and Neck Tension
The basis of any successful head and neck chronic tension treatment must first be comprehensive diagnosis of the condition. Headache and neck tension diagnosis at McKenzie Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is a straightforward process, and does not cause more pain for the chronic tension patient. A comprehensive diagnosis from Dr. McKenzie will provide new answers as to why a tension condition persists. For the first time ever, a patient can finally KNOW why they chronically suffer with painful tension in the head and neck.
A diagnostic exam at Dr. McKenzie’s Columbia, SC periodontics office is where the process begins. The exam takes about 90 minutes. The patient’s medical history and history with chronic tension and other pain conditions will be carefully reviewed. Diagnostic technologies such as Bite Force Analysis (TScan) and Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) can be used to locate neuromuscular force problems that contribute to or directly cause tension and pain.
Head and neck ‘range of motion’ limitations will be measured carefully with ROM testing, and the muscles of the head, neck and face will be palpated to identify trigger points (locations of pain, soreness, and subdermal tension). In this manner it is possible to uncover the root causes for many chronic tension conditions that patients suffer with daily. Understanding the real root causes for pain is the first step to achieving long-lasting chronic tension relief.
Head and Neck Chronic Tension Treatments at McKenzie Periodontics
A customized treatment protocol is created for each patient. Diagnosis will determine if the patient is a strong candidate for neuromuscular rehabilitation. If you are a strong candidate it is good news, because our treatments stand an excellent chance of reducing or completely eliminating your chronic head and neck tension.
Technologies we frequently use to treat and rehabilitate patients with chronic head and neck tension include low-level application of Cold Laser, manual manipulation/massage techniques, ultrasound of the muscles, and cranial electrical stimulation (CES). The vast majority of chronic head and neck tension sufferers can be helped with the most recent treatment protocols and Dr. McKenzie now offers them right here in Columbia, SC.
So what are you waiting for? If you suffer with chronic head and neck tension, perhaps it’s time to find out if we can help you put your tension and pain where they belong — in the past.
If you suffer chronically with head and neck tension, Call Us: (803) 788-0900
If you suffer with this kind of tension, you could be one phone call away from the beginning of the END of tension and pain.