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12 causes of tension headaches to know and treatment


Tension headache is a natural pain that is either mild or severe, this varies from one person to another, and it can be eliminated by taking painkillers that can be obtained without a prescription, or changing the usual lifestyle.

12 causes of tension headaches to know and treatment, Symptoms of tension headache,
12 causes of tension headaches to know and treatment


It is a common and usual condition that affects all people regardless of age and gender. Doctors classified headaches as having 100 types.

The severity of the headache varies from person to person or from time to time. It may be mild, moderate, severe and severe, such as a migraine, in which the person feels the presence of a strong pulse in the head, and these severe pains resulting from headache hinder the achievement of the task.

Severe and sudden pains rarely indicate a serious illness such as a brain tumor.

Read: Cluster headaches

What is tension headache?

Tension headache is the medical name given by doctors to this type of head pain, and it is one of the most common types of headache that is mild to moderate, and its pain is centered around the head, neck or face, usually this is not.

Types of tension headaches

  1. Episodic tension headache: It occurs less than 15 times a month and for long periods, and if it occurs once or twice in a month, it is called rare.
  2. Chronic tension headaches: A person suffers from tension headaches frequently, up to more than 15 times a month, and the condition recurs for up to two or three months in a row.

Tension headache pain location

  • It starts from the back of the head and spreads to the front.
  • Press on both sides of the head.
  • The neck, shoulders and face are in a state of tension and pressure.

Symptoms of tension headache

  • Blurring in the eye and feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
  • Pain and pressure on the sides of the head, or the front and back of the head.
  • The headache usually starts during the day.
  • difficulty sleeping.
  • muscle pain.
  • lack of focus
  • Exhaustion.
  • A slight irritation towards the lights.

Causes of tension headaches

  1. foods; This is by omitting eating basic meals, and consuming a lot of caffeine.
  2. Doing various activities that last for a long time, such as staring at a computer and phone.
  3. Neglecting to drink water.
  4. Psychological and emotional stress
  5. Eye strain.
  6. dry eyes.
  7. smoking.
  8. Sinusitis, which is a symptom of headache.
  9. Colds and flu.
  10. Lack of sleep.
  11. staying up late
  12. Tired.

Treating tension headaches naturally at home

  • Ensure that you get an ample amount of sleep, equivalent to 7-9 hours at night.
  • Stay away from the long night.
  • Make sure to drink sufficient amounts of water (8 glasses per day), in order to prevent dehydration, which may be the cause of limitation.
  • Do not neglect eating meals.
  • Cut back on caffeine and smoking.
  • Reducing stress and nervousness, sports and yoga can help with this.
  • A piece of cloth can be dipped in ice water and then placed on the back of the neck for five minutes.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as
  • Ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen
  • If these painkillers do not work, you can .use
  • Muscle relaxants, especially for those who suffer from chronic headaches, such as topiramate, can also be taken.
  • It is preferable not to rely entirely on drinking medicines, so that you do not become addicted, and remember that all medicines have side effects, one time is enough.

Taking nutritional supplements that are prescribed to patients with migraines and at the same time help treat tension headaches, but after consulting a doctor, and these supplements include:

  • magnesium.
  • chrysanthemums.
  • Butterbur.
  • riboflavin.

Herbal treatment for tension headaches

  • Ginger: by soaking it in boiling water and drinking it once or twice a day, and to benefit more, add a little fresh lemon juice to it.
  • Cinnamon: Crush the cinnamon sticks, add a little water, and mix them into a paste.
  • Cloves: It can be used in two ways either by soaking it with boiling water and drinking it, and the other way is by adding clove oil, coconut oil and sea salt, mixing them together and then massaging the forehead and sides of the head from the front with the mixture.
  • Mint leaves: Mint is used for severe headaches, grind a few mint leaves and then put a little water on it and mix them to become a paste, then put it on the forehead for ten minutes.
  • Basil: Put 4 leaves of basil in boiling water and leave it for ten minutes, then add a drop of honey and mix it with the infusion of basil and drink it while it is hot.
  • Black pepper: It can be used to reduce headache pain, especially if it is combined with.

The difference between tension headaches and migraines

  • Pain: Tension pain is mild to moderate, and eases with time. As for migraine headaches, the pain starts slow and then intensifies with time, and the pain is like a pulse.

  • The location of the pain: the tension is the entire head and may reach the neck, the jaw and the shoulders, while the hemisection is the pain in one side of the head with the eye that is on that side.

  • Symptoms: tension was mentioned previously, migraine before the start of the headache, the patient develops visual disturbance, and becomes very sensitive to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, with difficulty speaking and moving.

  • The affected category: Adults are usually affected by stress. As for hemisphere, males are affected more than females before puberty, and after puberty, the percentage of females becomes more affected than males.

  • Duration of pain: a tension headache lasts from half an hour to a week, and a migraine lasts between 4 hours and 72 hours.

Read: Migraine and its treatment