What are the symptoms of tension type headache?


What are symptoms of tension type headache?
What are symptoms of tension type headache?

What are the symptoms of tension type headache is a common question we get as neck health experts.

Tension-type headache is the most prevalent primary headache disorder worldwide. The symptoms can vary in intensity and duration.

The most common symptoms of tension type headaches

  1. Dull, Aching Pain: Tension type headache typically presents as a mild to moderate, steady, and persistent ache that affects both sides of the head. It often feels like a tight band is wrapped around the head or pressure is being applied to the forehead or temples.
  2. Bilateral Pain: Tension type headache usually involves both sides of the head, although the pain can be more pronounced on one side.
  3. Scalp Tenderness: Most individuals with tension type headache may experience tenderness or discomfort when touching or pressing on the scalp, particularly in the area where the headache is centered.
  4. No Nausea or Vomiting: Unlike migraines, tension-type headaches typically do not cause nausea, vomiting, or the heightened sensitivity to light (photophobia) and sound (phonophobia) that are common migraine symptoms.
  5. No Aura: Tension type headache does not typically have an aura, which is a visual or sensory disturbance that can precede a migraine attack in some individuals.
  6. Mild to Moderate Intensity: Tension-type headaches are annoying or bothersome rather than incapacitating.
  7. Absence of Pulsating Quality:  A constant, non-pulsatile pain is common in tension type headache.
  8. Duration: Tension-type headaches can last anywhere from several hours to days.
  9. Infrequent or Chronic: Tension-type headaches can be episodic, occurring infrequently, or chronic, with headaches occurring on 15 or more days per month for at least three months.
  10. Triggers: Stress, muscle tension, poor posture, and emotional factors like anxiety or depression are common triggers for tension-type headaches.

Conclusion for symptoms of tension type headache

It’s important to note that the symptoms of tension-type headaches can vary from person to person, and some individuals may experience additional symptoms or variations in the presentation.

There is a high occurrence of myofascial trigger points and less neck mobility in patients with tension type headache.  Most of the structures involved are the sternocleidomastoid, trapezius, splenius capitis, suboccipitals and peri-cranial muscles.

Tension type headache patients should consider specialized physical therapy.. We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Headache Relief Program.

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