By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Tension headache usually brings a light to medium degree of pain. The headache lasts from a few hours to several days. It is experienced as pressing or tightening in the whole head.
Often, there are sore areas in the neck or by the temples.
Tension headache is very common. Up to ¾ of the population experience tension headache at some point in their life and ¼ of all adults have tension headache once a month or more. Some people can point out certain elements that trigger tension headache. It may for example be stressful situations or overload of neck and shoulder muscles possibly in connection with bad eyesight. If the eyesight is weakened you involuntarily tense the muscles of neck, shoulder and face in an attempt to focus. Thereby, an overload of the muscles arises that is experienced as headache. Other explanations for tension headache are that it is caused by grinding your teeth, crooked bite or osteoarthritis in the spine.