These are usually are the most common headaches. They can occur as a result of muscular tension in the head, jaw or neck, often a result of stress, muscle tension or poor posture that comes can come from the hours that many people spend stooped over computer screens and smart devices.
They manifest as dull aches of varying intensity, usually covering the entire head, particularly the forehead area. There is usually no throbbing sensation present but there is usually tenderness in the neck and shoulder muscles.
Tension headaches can vary in intensity, and are helped with simple analgesics, massage, or gentle spinal manipulation. These are not exactly primary headaches, however. Primary headaches are those that are not a manifestation of some other acute or chronic conditions. They occur directly as a result of temporary problems in the cranial muscles and nerves. Secondary headaches, on the other hand, are those that arise from underlying factors that sometimes have little to do with the head itself.
Tension headaches, although seemingly benign, fall into the latter category because they represent some deeper lifestyle problems. If you are experiencing tension headaches, your body is telling you that you are under too much stress or that you are placing a strain on the muscles of your head, jaw, neck or shoulder muscles through bad posture and unconscious tension. Care of the temporomandibular (TMJ) area, head, neck and upper back area, tension headaches can be eliminated through conscious lifestyle posture, myofascial release, spinal manipulation and lifestyle changes.