Headaches are common for some of us and we experience it often. But, are you aware that there is something called as tension-type headache, the most common headache type which we assume as normal, everyday headache?
The person experiencing tension headache experiences a constant ache on both sides of the head, feels the neck muscles tighten and has a feeling of pressure behind the eyes. Although not a severe headache form that prevents you from doing your everyday chores, it can last anywhere between 30 minutes, several hours or even days together.
Who is Prone to Tension Headaches?
You and I are prone to tension headaches at some point in life. It can develop at any age and affect anyone, but teenagers and adults are likelier to be affected and women tend to suffer more from them more commonly than men.
Almost 2 or 3 in every 100 adults experience tension headaches more than 15 times in a month continuously for a period of 3 months. Such headaches are called as chronic tension-type headaches.
The primary reason for such headaches is unknown, although experts feel that stress, tension or heightened emotions triggers one. Other reasons include tiredness, poor posture, dehydration, skipping meals, noise, certain smells, bright sunlight and anxiety.
Effects & Methods
As tension headaches are common, having a pain in your body all the time can affect your job productivity and overall quality of life. You may skip going to office often, avoid social gatherings due to constant pain and even if you go for work, your overall efficiency would be decreased.
There is no great danger associated with tension headaches and they can be cured by painkillers or lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes that can help relieve headaches include:
Regular physical activity and proper diet modifications also help to relieve tension-type headaches. Acupuncture is also suggested for few patients. Read more on this traditional type of Chinese medication at www.firsteatright.com.
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