Tension headaches

Tension headaches tend to feel like a 'band' across the forehead and are often coupled with sensitivity in the muscles at the back of the head and neck.

What is a tension headache?

In adults, tension-type headaches are the most common. As the name suggests, they are usually brought on by the busy work, home and social lives that we all lead. The exact cause is usually unknown, but tension headaches have been linked to stress, poor posture, dehydration and skipping meals.

Tension headaches are generally more common in women than men.

Tension headache


  • Stress or anxiety
  • Poor posture
  • Wear and tear on the neck
  • Depression
  • Social problems

Facts to note:

  • Last from thirty minutes to seven days
  • Feel like pressing or tightening around the head – but not pulsations
  • The pain is usually mild to moderate
  • Resulting pain on both sides of the head

Relief of tension headaches

Tension headaches can be relieved by avoiding those situations that lead to tension in the first place. Try to identify what triggers your stress or anxiety and act to manage it.

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