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Chronic Tension Headache

What is Chronic Tension Headache?

Chronic tension headache is a condition where you have tension type headaches on at least 15 days of every month.
 
Symptoms
  • Typically suffers feel a tightness around the head similar to squeezing or pressure being applied
  • Headaches can last anywhere between 30 minutes to 7 days
  • The headaches occurs during the day and gets worse as the day progresses
Cause
  • Emotional tension, anxiety, tiredness or stress
  • Physical tension in the neck muscles and scalp
  • Physical factors such as bright sunlight, cold, heat or noise
Treatment
  • Using a hand held Relaxing Head Massager 
  • Massaging the neck and head often helps with relaxing the head eliminating tension headache
  • Painkillers can help manage the pain
  • Where it is related to stress or to bright sunlight you can work on staying out of bright sunlight or ways to eliminate stress
Prevention
  • Regular exercise will help reduce frequent headaches, exercising may help ease stress and tension and will reduce tension type headaches and have other health benefits
  • Sports or activities such as jogging, brisk walking, swimming, cycling on the road will have a knock-on effect of reducing headaches linked to tension type
  • Amitriptyline is sometimes used to treat headaches and can help prevent the onset of headaches. As this medication is an anti-depressant only a doctor should be able to prescribe it for you
 
 
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