Tension Headaches

Tension-type headaches.

A tension-type headache is the most common type of headache and the one we think of as a normal everyday headache. It may feel like a constant ache that affects both sides of the head. You may also feel the neck muscles tighten and a feeling of pressure behind the eyes. A tension headache normally won't be severe enough to prevent you doing everyday activities. It usually lasts for 30 minutes to several hours, but can last for several days.

What causes tension-type headaches?

The exact cause of tension-type headaches isn't clear, but certain things have been known to trigger them. Tension-type headaches are known as primary headaches, which means they're not caused by an underlying condition. Tension-type headaches known to be caused by stress and anxiety tightening up the muscles around the neck. However they can also be caused by constant squinting, poor posture and tiredness so ensuring your desk set up at work and your posture is correct is a must. Other causes include; deyhdration, missing meals and lack of physical activity. There is even some evidence that certain smells can cause tension headaches.


Symptoms.

Symptoms for ankle tension type headaches include but are not limited to:

- Dull achy head pain

- Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides or back of your head

- Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles

- Pressure and tightness around the head, neck and shoulders.

- Noise sensitivity


Treatment.

Our therapist will spend the initial part of your treatment discussing your lifestyle and habits as well as gather information about your daily activities. This will allow us to determine the best plan of action to help relieve the tension you are feeling. Massage techniques will be used to ease the pressure brought on during a tension related headache. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, massage can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by tension headaches. Ideally massage treatments are performed a regular basis to help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.


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