Tension headaches are the most common form of this condition and many people will experience one at some point in their lives. Teenagers and adults are most likely to be affected, with women suffering more often than men. Symptoms include a dull head pain with feelings of pressure around the forehead, behind the eyes and in the back of the neck.
The actual cause of tension headaches is not known but often some or all of the following will trigger them:
- Stress and anxiety,
- Poor posture,
- Eye strain,
- Lack of exercise.
Tension headaches are usually treated with over the counter painkillers and life style changes.
Relaxation techniques including yoga, massage, meditation and gentle exercise can help to counter-act most of the common causes. Ongoing lifestyle changes to reduce stress levels, improve posture and maintain a healthy diet should result in less frequent bouts of pain and an overall improvement in well-being.
Migraines are often much more painful than tension headaches and can result in the patient feeling very unwell. Sensitivity to light and feelings of nausea are not uncommon. This type of headache can be debilitating for many people and anything that reduces the attacks is welcome.
According to regular studies, the triggers of migraines are similar to those of tension headaches. Additionally, some food and drink may be the cause.
If you are suffering from tension in the neck, shoulders or head and want to see if massage can help, then please contact me to discuss.