Studies have shown that up to 80% of the world’s population suffers from tension headaches. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from tension headaches, with adults in their 40s being the age group most affected. Tension headaches are described as mild to moderate pain with pressure sensation throughout the head. They are most likely caused by increased tension in soft tissue of the neck, head, and facial regions. Increased soft tissue tension causes compression on nerves and blood vessels. Posture, dental problems, and trigger points are among other common causes of tension headaches. Treatment of tension headaches is based on frequency. For infrequent headaches (less than two per month), over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Advil, ibuprofen, etc., are recommended to alleviate symptoms. For individuals suffering from greater than two headaches a month, preventative measures are recommended. These preventative measures can include relaxation therapy, stress management, and physical therapy.
Matt Tippett – MPT
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Altoona, PA 16602
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