Tension Headaches

Millions of people suffer from, or know someone who has, tension headaches. Every person is different and the symptoms can vary.


Tension headaches

Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headache. They usually occur when tension and, sometimes, trigger points have aggravated the nerves, muscles or have interrupted the blood flow to the head.

Symptoms include:

  • Muscular neck or shoulder tension
  • ‘Clamping’ feeling or pressure in head
  • A dull ache or pounding is present.
  • A wanted avoidance of light/ sound

Some people can pinpoint what muscle is causing the pain, depending on where the headache is.

Note: A very common headache that’s seen is caused by a Trigger Point in the base of the skull by the spine. When aggravated, it can cause a headache in the back of the head and/or in the forehead, usually behind the eyes.


What can I do to help calm my headaches?”

Self massage on the neck and the back of the head can help tension headaches. Stretching is also helpful for decreasing tension. (See: Slouch makes a Grouch article for a great neck stretch.)

Hydrotherapy might help as well. During a headache, putting something cold on the back of your neck might ease the pain. Between headaches, if you feel tension in your neck and shoulders, try using heat then stretching.

Note: Heat and Cold should be used with a time limit of 5-10 minutes in one sitting.

You could also check in with your Massage Therapist or Chiropractor. Massage and Chiropractic work have been known to help reduce headaches and tension.

“Could my headaches be caused by anything else?”

Yes. Studies have shown that different types of headaches can form depending on lifestyle, illnesses, or injuries. This includes:

  • Stress
  • Food (allergic reactions as well)
  • Medicinal side effect
  • Climate
  • Sensory triggers (smells, lights, sounds)
  • Hormones
  • Neck or shoulder injury (ex:whiplash)

Note: If you have frequent headaches that cause extreme pain or headaches that are occurring without a known cause, see your doctor.



Source: Pintrest from Digital Information World


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