Tension headaches are the most common type of headache.
Tension headaches are dull pain, tightness, or pressure around your forehead or the back of your head and neck. Some people say it feels like a clamp squeezing their skull. They’re also called stress headaches, and they’re the most common type for adults.
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There are two types:
- Episodic tension headaches happen fewer than 15 days per month.
- Chronic tension headaches happen more than 15 days a month.
These headaches can last 30 minutes to a few days. The episodic kind usually starts slowly, often in the middle of the day. Chronic ones come and go over a longer period of time. The pain may get stronger or ease up through the day, but it’s almost always there. Although your head hurts, tension headaches usually don’t keep you from your daily activities, and they don’t affect your vision, balance, or strength.
These are common symptoms of a tension headache:
- Mild to moderate pain or pressure in the front, top, or sides of your head
- A headache that starts later in the day
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling very tired
- Trouble focusing
- Mild sensitivity to light or noise
- Muscle aches
The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each case of tension headaches and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.