What are Tension Headaches?
Tension headaches are a very common form of headache. They are commonly felt as a pressure or feeling of tightness, in a band inside the head or at the base of the skull. The pain usually starts at the back of the head, neck or eyes and radiates out to other parts of the head. Tension headaches are usually caused by stress, eye strain, working long hours and poor posture. These headaches can be constant or intermittent.
Treatment for a tension headache from a physiotherapist involves a number of techniques for the neck including massage, joint mobilisation, dry needling and postural re-education. Furthermore, postural re-education, ergonomic assessment and changes, and a stretching and strengthening program may be useful. Relaxation techniques can also help.