Tension Headaches: What They Are and How to Control Them
June 28, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Tension Headaches: What They Are and How to Control Them


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Tension headaches, the most common type of headache, is an ailment that every person will experience in their lifetime. Typically, the pain can be described as a tight band that starts above the eyes and wraps around the ears to the base of the head. The pain is described as dull or aching with a tenderness that can radiate to the neck or shoulder muscles.  With the duration of the headache lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to several days, tension headaches can be rather debilitating.  

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There are a variety of causes that lead to tension headaches, and they vary from person to person.  Causes include certain foods, too much screen time, rigorous exercise, stress, and neck pain or injury, to name a few.  Tension headaches are classified as episodic or chronic. Chronic tension headaches are diagnosed if a headache occurs at least 15 days per month for three consecutive months. Management of these headaches can range from a healthy diet to proper exercise.  It is imperative to find non-drug alternatives to try and relieve tension headaches, as chronic NSAID use, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, is not recommended. 

If you are experiencing tension headaches, and you have not found relief, speak with a physician today at Shifa4U.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.