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Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common cause of a headache in the general

population. It is estimated that up to seven million Australians suffer from tension-type headaches. Tension headaches can cause mild to moderate pain and are often triggered by stress or fatigue.

A tension headache is often described as a ‘hat band’ tightness around the forehead, temples, and back of the head. When a tension headache is infrequent and relates to specific stress – they are referred to as ‘episodic’.

However, when they occur most days over a period of one month or more, they are referred to as ‘chronic’ and require active and ongoing care.

Chronic tension-type headaches may be the result of pressure and fatigue, but can also frequently be attributed to physical problems, psychological issues, or depression. Other triggers may include poor posture, eye strain from excessive screen time, dehydration, caffeine dependence or withdrawal, smoking, and bright and or noisy environments. Chronic tension headaches can be disabling.

Research has shown that manual therapy such as chiropractic care has been effective in the reducing frequency, intensity, and impact of a headache, both at a short-term and long-term follow-up.

Check out the link below to access some exercises that can help relieve neck and upper back tension.

Tension Headache Exercises
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