Headaches are extremely common – in fact, the majority of Australians will suffer at the hands of headaches during their lifetime, and 15 percent of people are taking medications to ease the pain at any one point.

As common as headaches are, they can still be absolutely debilitating, and an extreme headache can stop you from getting on with the most basic of daily tasks. But do you always want to reach for the pills when you have a headache? This should only be a last resort, and it's much more effective to get to the root of the pain so as to eventually prevent the headaches from happening at all.

One tried and tested way of dealing with a headache is via trigger point therapy from chiropractors. Many of the triggers for headaches are actually based along the spine and back — exactly a chiropractor's area of expertise. These are the trigger points they can work with to relieve your pain.

The Trapezius Muscle

The trapezius muscle is found in the upper back area, and it's connected to the skull. This muscle absorbs a lot of stress, so if you often have headaches as a result of stress and anxiety, it could be useful for a chiropractor to look at this particular area. A chiropractor can massage the area and release the tension there, and also give you exercises you can practice at home to release trapezius muscle tension.

The Sternocleidomastoid

If you have ever experienced an intense headache behind the eyes, this could have something to do with tension in the sternocleidomastoid group of muscles that are located in the lower skull and down the neck. This is a complex area with no less than seven trigger points, and so leaning on the talents of a professional chiropractor is important to ensure the right triggers are located to promote pain relief.

The Suboccipitals

This is another group of muscles, and they are located at the back of the lower skull and down the upper spine. When these muscles are triggered, tension in the neck and head can occur. This is an area that can be manipulated with massage to release the tension of headache triggers.

Book an appointment with a local chiropractor and they will be able to talk you through their process of trigger point therapy so you know exactly what to expect in terms of discomfort and relief following your therapy.