What You Need to Know About Tension Headaches

Tension Headache Treatment

tension headache

What is it?

A tension headache is the most common type of headache. Generally a tension headache will cause mild to moderate pain typically on both sides of the head. Tension headaches are often described as a band cinching your skull and a dull ache in the back of your neck.

What causes a tension headache?

Tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions in the head and neck. Many different factors may trigger a tension headache and can includes:

  • Stress
  • Staring at a computer screen for long hours
  • Driving for long periods of time
  • Cold temperatures
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • A cold, flu or sinus infection
  • Caffeine
  • Poor posture

What are the symptoms of a tension headache?

Signs and symptoms of a tension headache may include:

  • Dull, aching head pain
  • Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head
  • Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping

Tension headache treatment

Treatment for easing your tension headache may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Applying a heating pad or ice pack to your head several times a day for five to ten minutes each time
  • Taking a hot bath or shower to relax tense muscles
  • Improving your posture
  • Taking frequent breaks from your computer to prevent eye strain and sitting too long
  • Stress management to teach you techniques to cope with stress and relieve tension

If tension headaches begin to affect your daily life, IMS Pain Management offers a variety of treatment options for you to find relief today.  To schedule an appointment please visit IMS Pain Management online.