tension headache


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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According to a 2014 German study, every 10 point increase on the stress scale translated to 6% more tension headaches and 4.3% more migraines per month. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Essential Oils For Headaches And How To Use Them," 30 Oct. 2017 There was high blood pressure, sleep apnea, tension headaches, constant upset stomach and chronic back pain. Ryan Bergeron, CNN, "Wall Street worker trades in finance job to write young adult fiction," 15 June 2018 Migraines are often more disabling than tension headaches and typically last longer, from a number of hours to a matter of days. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Understanding your headache," 20 Feb. 2018 In addition to breathing quality, this stretch helps relieve tension headaches caused by an achy neck and stiff shoulders, as well as bolstering underworked muscles around the scapula. Philly.com, "3 exercises for beating the afternoon slump," 24 Apr. 2018 But tension headaches can be mild for some people and severe for others. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Understanding your headache," 20 Feb. 2018 Experts believe that chronic stress leads to physiological changes that exacerbate or give rise to many common maladies, including anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, digestive issues, insomnia and tension headaches. Claire Altschuler, chicagotribune.com, "How to meditate when you can’t sit still," 19 Sep. 2017

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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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.Prevention, August 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. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 6 July 1994

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