Tension-type Headache

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Tension-type Headache
Tension-type Headache

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Can Massage Help with Tension Headaches?

A clamp. A vise. A tight rubber band stretched firmly around your skull. Whatever your tension headache feels like, it’s no picnic. Whether yours is brought on by a single stressful event (summer with all the kids and activities) or a regular, ongoing stress, chances are that you wish they wouldn’t happen in the first place. Though often dubbed “stress headaches,” many people experience them regardless of their stress level. 

Here are a few things you may not know about these nasty pains:

  • Tension headaches can be brought on by hunger, low iron levels, fatigue, anxiety, or even bad posture.
  • Some people get them for no apparent reason whatsoever.
  • Up…

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 Can Massage Help with Tension Headaches?

A clamp. A vise. A tight rubber band stretched firmly around your skull. Whatever your tension headache feels like, it’s no picnic. Whether yours is brought on by a single stressful event (summer with all the kids and activities) or a regular, ongoing stress, chances are that you wish they wouldn’t happen in the first place.

3 Easy Exercises To Relieve Tension Headaches

Feeling a throbbing pain behind your eyes? You're probably experiencing a tension headache. This dull, achy sensation often starts in the neck and can take over your forehead, scalp, neck and shoulders. Once a tension headache sets in, it can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. Fortunately, tension headaches can be prevented and relieved with three easy exercises.

American Migraine Association

Tension-type headaches have been called by various names over the years, including tension headache, muscle contraction headache, psychomyogenic headache, stress headache, ordinary headache, essential headache, idiopathic headache, and psychogenic headache. Of those names, only “tension headaches” is still fairly frequently used.

Headache Australia

Tension-type headache is the most widespread headache disorder. Recent international studies have shown the average prevalence as 36% for men and 42% for women (cf migraine: 6% for men and 18% for women).

I Hate Headaches

Tension headaches are often related to TMJ disorders and jaw function as well as poor (forward) head posture.

The Migraine Trust

The most common headache type in the world.

Cleveland Clinic

"Tension-type" headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults. They used to be commonly referred to as muscle contraction headaches or stress headaches, but these old terms are no longer used.

Harvard Health

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. These headaches are not caused by disease. They are often considered to be "normal" headaches. Other names for tension headaches are ordinary headaches, muscle tension headaches, and stress headaches. The International Headache Society has suggested that doctors use the term tension-type headaches because so many different names have been used for tension headaches.

NHS

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.

Patient

Tension-type headache is the most common type of headache people experience. It's difficult to say precisely how common, as estimates from different studies have varied wildly, but most people will suffer from a tension-type headache at some point in their lives.

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