Alternative Therapies For Tension Headache Relief

by Lisa J. Health, Chiropractor

In this fast-paced age, having a tension headache is fairly common, and when a tension headache strikes, the first line of action that people tend to take is to raid their medicine cabinets for pain medications or head to their nearest drugstore to get some OTC medications for headache relief. However, there are many alternative therapies that can provide relief from tension-type headaches and they provide long-term benefits. Acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage therapy, etc can help release the stress and thus alleviate the headache. You can also visit the best chiropractor in Denver to get relief from tension headaches. The following are some types of alternative therapies that help with easing tension-type headaches.


One of the most ancient Chinese therapies, acupuncture can be really beneficial in relieving tension headaches. In this technique, very thin needles are inserted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin into specific pressure points to redirect the flow of life energy, which can alleviate various issues within the body. Acupuncture promotes relaxation and as such, it can be beneficial for tension headaches. Also, you may need to take a couple of sessions to feel a difference.

Chiropractic Care

In chiropractic care, the primary approach of treatment is spinal manipulation where the spine is adjusted to bring it back into its natural alignment which improves the natural healing ability of the body. The spine being the foundation of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, healing the spine promotes healing of the body as a whole. Chiropractors use different spinal manipulation techniques to adjust the spine such that it alleviates tension headaches and other pain conditions of the body as well. 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a hands-on technique where pressure is applied to the muscles as well as the soft tissues to promote both healing and relaxation. Massage therapy has many mind-body benefits. It heals stiff muscles, helps break down scar tissue, reduces swelling, and at the same time, it releases stress and tension from the body. Massage therapy has been found beneficial in relieving tension headaches, anxiety, high stress, diabetes, and high blood pressure. There are different types of massage like Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, and much more. A massage therapist is well-trained in providing the right type of massage to treat your specific condition.


Homeopathy is a type of functional medicine in Denver that helps heal tension headaches. Homeopathic treatment is based on the theory that like treats like and so a small dose of a substance that causes similar symptoms as an individual’s problem is given in a highly diluted form to stimulate the natural healing mechanism of the body. Most homeopathic remedies are plant-based and for tension headaches gelsemium and Bryonia


Aromatherapy is a type of alternative therapy that uses fragrances in the form of essential oils to relieve stress and promote healing. The oils are either inhaled or used in bath water or massage on the body. Essential oils are derived from different parts of a plant like flowers, leaves, stems, or roots. Some essential oils like peppermint, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, and sage work great for tension headaches. Also, while using essential oils discuss with an expert as some essential oils are suitable only for inhaling and they can irritate the skin when applied on it. 

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is an ancient treatment and has been in practice way before modern medicine came into practice. Some herbal medicine can offer relief from migraines and tension headaches and ease the pain and discomfort. Two herbs namely, butterbur and feverfew have been found beneficial for the treatment of tension headaches. Herbal medicine should only be taken under expert advice as they have the potential to interact with certain medications and cause negative side effects. When taking any Butterbur supplement ensure that the product has been processed to remove the chemical pyrrolizidine alkaloids as it can cause liver damage and other illnesses.

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About Lisa J. Junior   Health, Chiropractor

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