Tension-type Headaches

Tension-type headaches are by far the most common kind of primary headaches.  In fact it is estimate that almost 90% of all headaches fit into this category.  Tension-type headaches are usually present on both sides of the head, and are described as having a constant pressure, as if there is a tight band squeezing in on the skull.
festerIt reminds me of Uncle Fester from the Addams family with his bald head clamped in a vise.  (Although for him, I think it was the vise that made him feel better!)
Unfortunately, as with most headaches, the actual underlying cause of tension-type headaches is not clear, but it is thought that they are the result of excessive muscle tension around the head and neck. Factors such as stress, poor posture, sleep deprivation and eyestrain may bring on these headaches.  The good news is that chiropractic, massage and other manual therapies can be very helpful for relieving them.
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