Tension type headaches are amongst the most common form of headaches suffered by people in today’s society, with women been affected more than men.
Tension type headaches are categories as either Episodic or chronic.
Episodic tension type headaches happen for fewer than 15 days a month. Whereas chronic tension type headaches happen for 15 days or more a month for at least 6 months.
Duration is commonly only 30 minutes, but can last for several days or even months. Although they are unpleasantly exhausting, tension headaches don’t usually prevent you from completing your daily routine.
Despite the name, tension is not the only factor that can cause a tension type headache.
Triggers can include:
- Impaired sleep
- Vision problems
- Poor diet/skipping meals
- Poor posture
Your symptoms may include:
- A tender head/scalp
- Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
- Re-current /episodic pain which varies in duration, sometimes lasting for hours other times days and is usually stress related.
- Dull persistent pain, which varies in intensity and is usually on both sides of the head/neck.
- Tension into the jaw/forehead from jaw clenching and/or frowning.
- Poor range of movement in your neck due to muscular tightness and pain
There are common muscles that are associated with contributing to tension headaches. These muscles are usually held in a poor posture, which leads to areas of tightness and trigger points. This mall alignment of the vertebra, muscles, ligaments and tendons in the neck can lead to pain into the head. This usually occurs after hours of poor posture, typically after working at our computers, looking at our phones or driving in the car.
Treatment practices such as relaxation techniques/deep breathing exercises, heat pads and neck and shoulder massage can be a great combination of treatments.
The skilled massage therapists here at the Golf club can assist you by effectively massaging and releasing the involved muscles and incorporating these types of treatment techniques as needed. They are trained in trigger point release and can help to diminish any that may be contributing to your tension headache.
We can also assist you with how to safely self-manage your symptoms and any re-occurring headaches you may be suffering from. We will do this through a combination of excellent hands on release, a home stretching program and advise on improving posture through complimentary exercises.