Tension headaches: Learn how to manage them!


A tension headache is the most common type of headache. It feels like a diffuse and constant ache and it tends to affect both sides of the head. You may also have the feeling of a tight band around the head, tighten neck muscles and pressure behind the eyes.

A tension headache is normally mild to moderate and it usually lasts for 30 minutes to several hours. Sometimes, it can last for several days.

Why do people develop headache and what can you do to get rid of and prevent the headache?

The exact cause of tension headache is not known; but some factors may play a role in developing a tension headache. These triggers may range from stress and anxiety to dehydration. Poor posture, tiredness as well as skipping meals, lack of physical activity, bright sunlight, noise or certain smells may also contribute....

Some of the following therapies may help if you have tension headache pain:

(1) Massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, and the application of hot and cold compresses are alternative medical treatments used to relieve chronic headaches.

(2) Acupuncture may provide temporary relief from chronic headache pain. According to some studies, acupuncture works by releasing endorphins, brain chemicals that relieve stress and pain, in the brain.

(3) Relaxation techniques and exercising: A variety of relaxation therapies are useful in coping with tension headache. For example, yoga exercises may be useful in the prevention and treatment of headaches by reducing stress as well as improving the circulation and supply of oxygen to your brain and muscles. Regular exercise can also help you sleep batter and may also increase your brain’s ability to regulate pain....