Tension Headache Cure Program

Tension Headaches

Definition
Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headache and it caused by severe muscle contractions triggered by stress or exertion. It affects as many as 90% of adult Americans. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents. If a headache occurs two or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic.

Description
While most adults get a tension headache from time to time, women and people with more education are slightly more likely to suffer with them. People who are so anxious that they grind their teeth or hunch their shoulders may find that the physical strain in their body can be experienced as pain and tension in the muscles of the neck and scalp, producing almost constant pain.

Causes and symptoms
Tension headache result from the contraction (tightness) of face, neck and scalp muscles. Muscles in the neck, shoulders, and jaw can feel tight and sore .One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety – thus, the name "tension". Headaches originating from tightness in the neck muscles are often called cervicogenic headaches.

Any activity that causes the head to be held in the abnormal position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Other causes may include eyestrain from sun glare or reading, grinding teeth or air pollutants (i.e. smoke).

Many people describe tension headache pain as a kind of dull ache that forms a tight band around the forehead or heavy weight on top of the head, affecting both sides of the head. Tension headaches usually occur in the front of the head, although they also may appear at the top or the back of the skull. Chronic Tension Headache can last for days or weeks and can cause pain of varying intensity.

Diagnosis
Diagnosis of tension headaches is made from a medical history, discussion of symptoms, and elimination of other types of headaches or underlying disorders.

Typical tension-type headache can be described as follows:
Duration of 30 minutes to 7 days
No nausea or vomiting (anorexia may occur)
Minimum of 10 previous headache episodes
Pain described as fullness, tightness, pressure, or bandlike
May occur acutely under emotional distress or intense worry
Insomnia
Often present upon rising or shortly thereafter
Not aggravated by physical activity or even improved
Muscular tightness or stiffness in neck, face , forehead
Duration of more than 5 years in 75% of patients with chronic headaches
Difficulty concentrating

Very few headaches are the sign of a serious underlying medical problem. However, sufferers should call a physician at once if they:

have more than three headaches a week
take painkillers almost every day
need more than the recommended dose of painkiller
have a stiff neck and/or fever in addition to headache
are dizzy, unsteady, or have slurred speech, weakness, or numbness
have confusion or drowsiness with the headache
have headaches that began with a head injury
have headaches triggered by bending, coughing or exertion
have headaches that keep getting worse
have severe vomiting with the headache
have the first headache after age 50
awaken with headache that gets better as the day goes on

Michelle Simkins

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