- Dull, aching head pain.
- Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head.
- Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles.
Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches and can last anywhere between 30 minutes to a week. If they occurr more than 15 days in a month for 3 months you have chronic tension headaches.
People are more susceptible to tension headaches when they have
- their period (women only)
- under pressure or stress
- poor posture
I know that peole find tension headaches are annoying and sometimes headache tablets either don't work or work initially and then less helpful. Here in clinic we find that deep tissue massage on the couch allows us to identify which muscles in the neck, shoulders, upper back and chest are tight and release them. We frequently find this either release the tension headache or at least lessens it. If you are prone to tension headaches, then a series of massages may assist especially if you have poor posture, under pressure or highly stressed.