Tension headaches are the most common form of headache. In fact, somewhere between 70-90% of the population will experience a tension headache of mild or moderate intensity during the course of their lifetime. For the most part, tension headaches are not disabling and those suffering can go about their daily routines at home or at work.
It is thought that tension headaches are caused by muscle tightening that is created by a host of factors including tension and emotions, dehydration, lack of sleep, repetitive work postures, strain of the neck muscles and activities like clenching and grinding of the teeth to name just a few.
In patients with a bad Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problem, tension headaches can be experienced on a frequent or chronic basis as a result of jaw, facial and neck muscles being in a persistent state of contracture. Tension headaches can be the dominant symptom of a Temporomandibular problem or may be one of many symptoms.
Treatment of Tension Headaches may include a Combination of:
With these treatment options and working with other health care providers it’s likely that the frequency, duration and intensity of your tension headaches can be reduced.