Tension headaches are extremely common and are believed to affect approximately 78% of the general population. Pain associated with tension headaches is due to tightness of the muscles of the neck and scalp. This pain often starts at the back of the head and moves forward and is often described as “a tight band across your head.” The most common causes of tension headaches are stress but they can also be caused by staying in one position for a long time such as in reading or watching television. Tension headaches are very rarely a symptom of a more serious condition; however, it is important that a detailed history and examination are performed by a medical professional to ensure proper diagnosis. Upon physical examination, it is likely that the physician will find muscular tenderness around your neck and scalp.
A combination of lifestyle changes, relaxation techniques, and traditional and complementary therapies can help