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Tension Headaches

What is Tension Headache?

It is the most common type of headache. It can cause mild, moderate, or intense pain in your head, neck, and behind your eyes. Some people say that a tension headache feels like a tight band around their forehead.

Can physiotherapy help people with tension headaches?

Yes. Physiotherapy can have a quick and effective result in relieving tension headaches.

What are the causes of tension headaches?

  • Muscle contractions in the head and neck regions

  • Staring at a computer screen for a long time

  • Driving for long periods

  • Cold temperatures

  • Poor posture

  • Emotional stress and anxiety

  • Medication overuse

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

What are the symptoms of tension headaches?

  • Dull and persistent pain that may vary in intensity (mild to moderate) and is usually felt on both sides of the head or neck (some however experience jabs of sudden pain in the head)

  • A constant, tight, heavy or pressing sensation on or around the head

  • Tautness and tenderness of scalp, neck and shoulder muscles

  • Neck movements restricted by muscular stiffness and discomfort

  • Ache in the back or over the left side of the chest

  • Recurrent and episodic pain (often in association with stress)

  • Mild sensitivity to light and noise

  • Nausea and indigestion

  • Trouble concentrating and difficulty sleeping

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