tension headache

noun
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of tension headache

: bilateral headache marked by mild to moderate pain of variable duration that typically is accompanied by contraction of the neck and scalp muscles

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1953

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tension headache

noun

medical Definition of tension headache

: headache marked by mild to moderate pain of variable duration that affects both sides of the head and is typically accompanied by contraction of neck and scalp muscles
  • Nearly half of all women with tension headaches unknowingly clench their chewing muscles, oral-facial pain experts report.
  • PreventionAugust 2004
  • Such headaches once were blamed on contraction of scalp muscles, but many dispute that idea. The name “tension headache” persists, however, since the problem is frequently found as part and parcel of general emotional stress.
  • —Paul G. DonohueThe Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News6 July 1994

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