What is Hypertensive Headaches (Tension Headaches)?

Hypertensive headaches also known as tension-type headaches, is a mild headache that feels like tightness or pressure around a person’s head and are one of the most common types of headache. These types of headaches are pulsating headaches emanating from the suboccipital muscles (muscles at the base of the skull), which for the most part occur early in the morning.

A tension headache occurs when the muscles in the head and neck become tense or contract. These headaches are directly associated with hypertension, obesity, stress, lack of exercise and renal or cardiovascular disease. There are multiple factors that can be a part of the cause of a tension headache. These may include; stress, inadequate sleep, and poor posture.

The main symptom of a tension headache is pain located on both sides of the head, which may be associated with muscle pain. The pain is usually described as a “Hat Band” distribution, with dull or aching throbbing on one or both sides of the head. Hypertensive headaches can be confused with migraines and cervicogenic headaches. They may last between 15 minutes to 3 hours.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as Chiropractic care and dry needling which can aid in your recovery from tension headaches. Call (02) 9639 7337 or visit our website to book an appointment now!

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