Tension Headache Treatment
Not just caused by stress or tiredness
Tension headaches are characterised by a band-like, compressing feeling around the head, and lasting from as little as an hour or two, to being continuous. Commonly attributed to stress, fatigue or dehydration, tension headaches can also come on without any real provocation. People who suffer from tension headaches can also have other types of headache such as headaches that only affect one side of the head, or suffer the occasional migraine-type headache as well.
We understand your tension headache
Tension headaches, while perhaps not as severe as migraines, can actually be more debilitating due to their constant, annoying and distracting nature. This makes all your daily activities, such as work, house duties and looking after family members, far more difficult than they need to be.
According to the International Headache Society, “Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headache: their lifetime prevalence in the general population ranges in different studies from 30 to 78%. At the same time, it is the least studied of the primary headache disorders, despite the fact that it has the highest socio-economic impact.”
We understand your frustration if you’ve been simply told to, “drink more water”, “get more rest”, or “stop stressing so much” to relieve your tension headache; or if you’re constantly living on a diet of over-the-counter (or stronger) medications. Family members and friends can also be frustrated if they feel they can’t help you, or they don’t understand what you are suffering.
At the Headache and Pain Management Centre, we have a better way.
Is your tension headache caused by your neck?
It’s very common for tension headache sufferers to feel that their pain is coming from the neck, because of the tightness of their neck and shoulder muscles that occurs at the same time as their headache. This is an extremely important factor in diagnosing and treating tension headaches.
Recent research shows that there is an area of the brainstem (the part of your brain that links to your spinal cord) which is sensitised in people who have tension headache conditions. This area is not only responsible for taking in all of the pain signals from your forehead, scalp and brain, but also from your neck, sinuses, face and jaw. It also acts in response to changes in the hormone serotonin, which is affected by levels of stress and anxiety, different foods, wines, alcohol, smells and more.
This is why the top of the neck has now been shown to be the major causative factor for tension headaches, in a majority of cases. If the neck is an issue for you, then other “triggers” (such as stress) will become an issue as well. This is because the area of the brain that the information from the neck passes through, is the same area of the brain that the information from your “triggers” passes through. This is why your tension headache can be different intensities on different days, or come on seemingly at random.
How we diagnose and treat your tension headache
At the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinicians use world-first tension headache treatment techniques to diagnose where your headache is coming from, and treat that specific cause.
We know what we are looking for. We don’t guess what triggers your tension headache. You won’t need to keep a food diary, be told to “stress less”, or play ‘trial and error’ with medications. At your first consultation, we will be able to tell you if your neck is the underlying cause of your tension headache.
We understand what you’re going through when you suffer from a tension headache – and we have the answers that can help. For your personalised tension headache treatment, please call us on 1300 16 55 33 or use the contact form above.