Tension Headache

We live life today on the fast lane, and headache due to tension is experienced by most of us. Headache may be a “by-product” of our day-to-day, tension-filled personal or professional routine.

In the medical terminology, the two categories of headache are primary headache and secondary headache. A primary headache is not caused by any disease. Examples of such a headache are tension head ache, migraine headache and others. Secondary headache, however, is always associated with other disease(s).

Tension (primary) headache is very common. It can affect anyone—from children to senior citizens. Females are most prone to tension headache than males.

When we are under tension, angry or stressed, we involuntarily use our shoulder, facial and scalp muscles to express our self. A sustained overuse of these muscles leads to fatigue, spasm, trigger-point formation and tight muscles. Such changes in our body impede blood circulation to the scalp and contract the thin, flat membrane (galea) beneath the skin of the scalp.

Look yourself in the mirror, has the outer corner of your eye lid been pulled? It could be due to contracted fascia, which generates pain around the head.

Tension Headache Causes

As the name implies, a cause of this headache is tension. There are however other causes also. These include:

  • Using a bad posture while working
  • Referred pain from tooth, neck, shoulders and arms
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Trigger point formation in the neck, upper-back, jaw, face and scalp muscles
  • Exposure to cold weather
  • Sinus problem
  • Cervical joint dysfunction
  • Physical and mental stress
  • Psychological problems like depression and anxiety
  • Anger

Symptoms of Tension Headache

  • Mild, moderate or severe pain with heaviness of head
  • Tension headache may persist an entire day
  • Burning sensation in the eyes

Chronic Tension Headache and Body Pain

A muscle needs specific length, tension and skeletal alignment for an effective function. With chronic scalp pain, trigger points may form not only in the head and face, but also on the shoulder and upper-back.

These trigger points alter the normal length-tension of affected muscles and cause muscle tightness, which in turn alter the skeletal alignment.

To compensate for an inefficient muscle, some other muscles may overact, causing strain and fatigue of the muscles. Such changes gradually affect other muscles in a chain reaction. Thus, chronic headache can affect the entire body. Pain on one side of the body due to constant headache is common, particularly in females.

Physio Fusion Therapy (PFT) for Tension Headache

PFT considers the several causes of tension headache on an individual basis to cure it. PFT also treats referred pain area.

The initial stages of physio fusion method of treatment concentrate on reducing pain, releasing trigger-points, reducing spasm and stretching scalp fascia—all without the use of drugs.

The next stage of PFT works on releasing the stress of cervical joints and temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and others to give relief to the patient from headache.

The final stage of physio fusion way of curing headache consists of self-exercises, yoga, relaxation and self-treatment training. All these will keep you fit and help prevent the recurrence of tension headache.

Advantages of PFT treatment for Tension Headache
Speedier recovery
No dugs for treatment
Absolutely no side effect
No diet restrictions
No activity restriction
Chances of pain recurrence is very low
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