What is tension headache?

Tue, Aug 2023
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A tension headache is a common type of headache that is caused by muscle tension in the head and neck. It is often described as a dull, aching pain that is felt on both sides of the head. Tension headaches can last for hours or days, and they can be made worse by stress, fatigue, or poor posture.

There are a number of things that can help to relieve tension headaches, including:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Massage
  • Yoga or stretching
  • Relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing

If tension headaches are frequent or severe, it is important to see a doctor to rule out other possible causes.

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A tension headache is the most common type of headache that people experience. It's often described as a constant ache or pressure around the head, particularly in the temples or back of the head and neck. Some people also experience a tightness in their forehead or scalp. It's often likened to having a tight band wrapped around your head. Tension headaches can be either episodic or chronic. Episodic tension headaches can last from 30 minutes to a week, while chronic ones can last for hours and may be continuous. If they occur 15 or more days a month for at least three months, they're considered chronic. The exact cause of tension headaches is not known, but certain factors may contribute to developing them. These include poor posture, stress, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, skipping meals, dehydration and certain activities that require you to hold your head in one position for a long time without moving (like using a computer or reading). Treatment for tension headaches usually involves over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Prescription medications may be needed for those who suffer from frequent or chronic tension headaches. Non-drug therapies like physical therapy, relaxation techniques (such as meditation), and lifestyle changes (like regular exercise and improved sleep habits) can also help manage tension headaches. It's important to consult with a healthcare provider if you're experiencing frequent or severe headaches. They can help determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment options.
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