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    How You Get Chronic Tension Headaches
    And How to Get Rid of Them

    1. You get tight muscles and muscle spasms in your neck, shoulders and/or upper back from poor posture (or from an injury)

  • Poor posture is often a byproduct of your job, like sitting at a computer terminal all day or stooping over a work station.


  • Working all day in poor posture causes tightness.


  • The constant strain from the poor posture causes microscopic muscle fibers within the tight muscles to tear.


  • Your body tries to prevent this tearing by causing the muscles to knot up, or spasm.


  • The constant strain on your neck/shoulder/upper back muscles from continual poor posture causes microscopic muscle fibers within the spasms to tear.


  • Eventually these tears heal.


  • As a result of that healing, microscopic threads of scar tissue are left behind in your spasms.


  • These scar tissues lock your spasms into place, preventing them from being able to relax.


  • 2. These tight muscles and muscle spasms cause tension headaches

  • These muscle spasms restrict blood flow to the back of your head by clamping down on arteries (it's like stepping on a turned-on garden hose).


  • These spasms also irritate nerve endings.


  • This blood flow restriction and nerve ending irritation cause tension headaches.


  • 3. You develop more and more muscle spasms

  • The constant strain from poor posture causes more tightness and spasms.


  • The constant strain from poor posture causes more tearing within the tight muscles and spasms.


  • The continual tearing and healing of microscopic muscle fibers within the spasms causes the formation of more scar tissue.


  • This additional scar tissue within the spasms prevents the them from being able to relax.


  • The additional spasms - which can't relax due to the scar tissues within them - cause more blood flow restriction to the back of your head and more nerve ending irritation.


  • This additional nerve ending irritation and blood flow restriction causes your tension headaches to become chronic.



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