Tension Headaches

Many peoples suffer constantly from tension headaches.

It is one of the most common disorders in neurological practice as most patients might have one or two tension headaches each month, or even more at times of stress. Unlike other headaches (including migraine), patients with tension headache are usually able to continue with normal activities despite having a constant throbbing headache. However, they are normally well between headache attacks.

Tension Headaches

Causes of Headaches

It is known that tension headache is responsible for the loss of more working hours than most major neurological and neurosurgical disorders for which curative treatment is available. Factors in aggravating tension headache:

  • Over-activity in certain muscles in area like scalp, forehead and neck could trigger tension headache and induce a dull ache or tightness in these areas, often experienced as a tight band around the head or a heavy weight on top of the head
  • Some psycho-physical tensions or emotional stresses, for example excessive anxiety, excitement, depression, physical tiredness, anger and frustration could initiate tension headaches. Certain physical injuries such as spinal and head injuries
  • The Diet could play a major role in triggering tension headaches. Some types of food may precipitate tension headache attacks because they contain chemical substances such as 5-hydroxytryptamine (in bananas, tomatoes and pineapples), histamine (in cheese and red wine), betaphenylethylamine (in chocolate), tyramine (in pickled herrings, cheese and marmite), sodium nitrite (in bacon, salami and hot dogs) and octopamine (in citrus fruits)
  • Tiredness, fatigue and dehydration: Over-exertion, exhaustion, overwork and failure to relax physically and/or mentally may trigger a tension headache attack. Lack of sleep is also very likely to provoke a headache reaction in predisposed patients
  • In women, disturbance in menstrual cycles and other hormonal imbalance might trigger tension headaches
  • Certain medications could cause tension headaches: Besides alcohol (especially red wine), a number of anti-depressant drugs may give rise to tension headaches and migraines in certain patients
  • Other environmental and physical factors: Changes in the environment, such as climatic changes (extreme heat or cold, dusty or smoky atmospheres and high humidity), high noise levels, high pitched sounds, intense odours and strong or lighting, may initiate  an attack of tension headache

Recent scientific research has shown that acupuncture is more effective than Western medications in treating the severity and frequency of tension headaches.

The signs and symptoms of tension headache may have a severe impact daily on life of every patient.

We are able to help with the following types of headaches:

  • Cluster headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Exercise induced headaches
  • External compression headaches
  • Migraines
  • Cervcalgenic/Spinal dysfunction headache
  • Tension headache
  • Premenstrual related Headache

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