Tension Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common conditions face by both adults and children. These headaches are caused by a range of different reasons.

Man suffering from a tension headache.

What are tension headaches?

The most common type of headaches that occur frequently is tension headache. This is the most common form of the headaches and account for approximately 70% of all headaches.

In this condition, people experience a mild to moderate pain on the forehead that could feel like a tight band around this area.

The good news about these headaches is that they are short-lived, so the pain disappear within a few hours when appropriate treatment is given.

In most cases, headaches last only a few hours and occur infrequently. In some rare cases, headaches can last for days may occur frequently. Such rare cases are termed as chronic tension headaches and the pain in these chronic cases tend to increase and decrease.

Causes of tension headaches

  • Poor or lack of sleep
  • Teeth clenching and grinding due to a bad bite
  • Decrease blood oxygen level
  • High CO2 and acidosis
  • Lack of nutrients intake
  • Excess stress
  • Eye strain
  • Dehydration
  • Poor muscular posture

 

Tension headaches symptoms vs Migraine symptoms

A tension headache occurs when you feel a pain in the back of your head or your temple.Some people also feel a tight hold on their head while others may feel a mild tension in their shoulders or necks before the tension headaches occur.

Although people suffer from tension headaches and feel a slight pressure on their head, these headaches do not impede their daily activities. It does not incapacitate an individual in any way, though its intensity can vary from mild to moderate. There is usually no nausea or vomiting associated, and people suffering from tension headaches do not have symptoms such as blind spots or fatigue in their arms and legs. In fact, lack of these symptoms is what distinguishes tension headaches from other conditions like migraine.

Tension headaches treatment

Tension headaches are identified most of the time with a diagnosis of the patient’s medical history. The healthcare practitioner may take a blood work to rule any other abnormality or underlying health conditions. CT or MRI scan is not needed to diagnose tension headaches.

Common treatment options for tension headaches is a combination of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, stress management techniques, breathing, and relaxation routines. Non-medical approaches such as acupuncture and massage therapy are also known to have a good effect.

In the case of chronic tension headache, it could be due to bad bite and or temporomandibular joint disorder(TMD or TMJ disorder).

Get Diagnosed

Get diagnosed for tension headaches by reacting out to Deldar Dental today. Our specialized TMJ dentist/sleep apnea consultant will work with you to diagnose and provide the best possible treatment for tension headaches.

Deldar Dental offers treatments for tension headaches in Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Lapel, Westfield, and surrounding areas.

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