health conditions

Tension headaches

What are tension headaches?

These are the most common types of headache.  They occur when the neck and scalp muscles become tense or contract, causing a dull, painful pressure or tightness around the forehead, side or back of the head and neck.

Who gets tension headaches?

They can occur at any age but are most common in adults.  Activities that trigger the headache are often ones where the head or neck is held in one position for a sustained length of time, such as typing and driving.

Treatment for tension headaches

Tension headaches often respond well to over-the-counter painkillers.  If the headaches are severe or accompanied by nausea and vomiting, a GP’s advice should be sought. 

Osteopathy massage to the muscles involved and manipulation to loosen joints of the neck or upper back can relieve some of the symptoms.

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