Tension Headaches Relief

woman suffering from tension headache holding head with hand

Do you suffer from tension headaches? Tension headaches have been described as a dull pain, tightness, or general pressure around your forehead or the back of your head and neck. There are two types that affect those who suffer from them; episodic, and chronic.

Episodic: This type of headache happens less than fifteen days per month, and will normally start gradually, often in the middle of the day.
Chronic: If you suffer from chronic tension headaches, you often will feel this pain more than fifteen days per month, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days. These headaches come and go, the pain may get stronger, or ease up throughout the day, but it’s always there.

While these headaches are sure to cause pain, they normally do not keep you from your daily tasks and activities, nor do they affect your vision, balance, or strength.

Did you know that 80% of adults get tension headaches? Women are twice as likely to get tension headaches as men. And only 3% of adults have chronic tension headaches daily.
Source: WebMD

Symptoms
● Mild sensitivity to light or noise
● Muscle aches
● Feeling extremely tired
● Mild to moderate pain or pressure in the front, top, or sides of your head
● Trouble sleeping
● Irritability
● Headaches that start later in the day
● Trouble focusing
● Muscle aches

When you are suffering from a tension headache, you will not have the same symptoms as suffering from a migraine headache. You will not have other nerve symptoms, such as muscle weakness or blurred vision. These headaches normally do not cause sensitivity to light or noise, stomach pain, or nausea.

Causes
What is causing your headaches? While there’s no singular cause, many times they are triggered by stress. Episodic tension headaches are usually the result of a singular stressful situation or a buildup of stress over time. Whereas chronic tension headaches are usually from daily stress. Tension headaches can also be caused by tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp. Muscle tension can come from;
● Bad postures
● Anxiety
● Hunger
● Fatigue
● Caffeine or alcohol use
● Low iron levels
● Jaw or other dental problems
● Emotional or mental stress, including depression

If you are suffering from these type of headaches, or are looking for more information, Atlantic Physical Therapy can help! Their highly qualified physical therapists can conduct an evaluation of your symptoms and match you with the treatment that you need. Contact the experts at Atlantic Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment today!