What is a Tension Headache?

A tension headache is the most common type of headache. It can cause mild, moderate, or intense pain in your head, neck, and behind your eyes.

Some people say that a tension headache feels like a tight band around their forehead. Alternatively, sometimes it can feel at the back of your skull, just above your hairline


Because tension headaches are so common, their effect on job productivity and overall quality of life is considerable, particularly if they're chronic headaches. 

The frequent pain from these headaches may render you unable to attend socials, the gym and even work. If you do manage to make it to work your ability to do your job to 100% may very well be impaired.

Lifestyle and Treatments

1. Down time, ice packs or a long and hot shower may be all you need to relieve a tension headache in the short term. A variety of strategies can help reduce the severity and frequency of chronic tension headaches without resorting to pain killers.

​2. One way is to manage your stress level. A great way to help reduce stress is by planning ahead and organizing your day thoroughly. Another way is to allow more time to relax and have some me time even if it’s just for 20 minutes. If you're caught in a stressful situation, consider stepping back.

​3.Perfect your posture. Good posture can help keep your muscles from tensing. When standing, hold your shoulders back and your head level. Pull in your abdomen and buttocks. When sitting, make sure your thighs are parallel to the ground and your head isn't slumped forward.

Safety first, please: severe headaches often need medical investigation


​When to see a Doctor!

There are many other types of less common headaches — literally hundreds and hundreds of them — and some of them have serious medical causes. Headaches can be their own problem (primary), or they can be a symptom of something else. You need medical assessment if your headaches are:

  • unusually persistent, more than a day at higher pain levels, more than a week at moderate pain levels)
  • unusually sudden, a so-called “thunderclap” headache, which comes on in seconds to minutes
  • unusual in any other way associated with other worrisome symptoms
  • ​Medication

    You can take over-the-counter pain medications, such ibuprofen to get rid of a tension headache. 
    However, these should only be used occasionally and you ​should not become dependent on this.
    ​ Using over-the-counter medications too much may lead to “overuse” or “rebound” headaches. These types of headaches occur when you become so accustomed to a medication that you experience pain when the drugs wear off .


    Hydration and headaches: don’t get too thirsty, but don’t worry about it too much either!

    It’s also a just about the easiest possible treatment to test: just drink a couple glasses of water! The blood pressure changes that should make a difference take place quite quickly.

     If your headache is dehydration-powered to any significant degree, you’ll feel a lot better fast, within 20 minutes

    ​Headache Diary!

    ​A headache diary can help you determine the cause of your tension headaches. Record your daily meals, ​drinks, activities, and any situations that trigger stress. For each day that you have a tension headache, make a note of it. After several weeks or months, you may be able to make a connection. For example, if your journal shows that headaches occurred on days when you ate a particular food, this food may be your trigger.

    ​Would You Like More Help??

    ​Watch my trailer below for a quick look at my 3 part series on Tensions Headaches.

    In my series I go through step by step instructions with stretches, exercises and meditation techniques to make your Tension Headaches a thing of the past!!

    ​Like what you see then click here to take your first step in becoming Tension Headache free NATURALLY!

    ​Rob Manning

    ​Owner Of Fully Fit Therapy

    ​" I created this 3 part series to help people like yourself to stop having to take paracetamol every time you had a headache! 

    ​It is simple and easy to follow videos, starting off with basic exercises and then going into more advanced ones "