Williamstown Health + Lifestyle Osteopaths Cliff and Peter discuss the signs and symptoms of tension headache and their treatment and prevention.
Headaches are a common ailment that affects many people. One of the most common types we see in the clinic is tension headaches. It’s estimated that 50 – 75% of adults will experience a tension headache at some point in their life. In this blog, we will discuss tension headaches, their causes, symptoms, and treatments. Additionally, it will also provide tips on how to prevent tension headaches.
Muscle tension in the head and neck causes tension headaches, which are the most prevalent form of headache. People often describe them as a dull, achy pain that tightens like a band around the head. Additionally, tension headaches can occur occasionally or regularly, either as episodic or chronic headaches. Recent research suggests that misbehaviour in the upper neck may lead to brainstem sensitivity, potentially associated with tension headaches.
The symptoms of tension headaches can vary from person to person, but they typically include:
The exact cause of tension headaches is not known, but there are several factors that can trigger or contribute to them. These include:
The most common treatments for tension headaches are the use of over-the-counter pain relievers, massage of the neck and shoulders, heat or cold application and exercise.
Due to the individualised and multifactorial nature of tension headaches, there is no one sized fits all approach. At The Melbourne Headache and Migraine Group, we work with you to explore the causes of your tension headache and create an achievable plan to help you on the pathway to overcoming your headaches and improving your well-being.
Our hands-on treatment is based on the evidence-supported Watson Headache Approach. To learn more, visit our ‘process‘ page.