Tension headaches are very common and may be felt in all of the muscles of the face, behind the eyes, at the base of the skull, and in the neck. Tension headaches usually start with pain on both sides of the head and are often periodic or chronic. Extreme pressure around the forehead or head is usually what patients initially feel. Grinding, throbbing, and stabbing pain is also associated with tension headaches in the facial muscles.
Various factors are associated with tension headaches, including stress, sleep deprivation, and hunger. In addition, muscle strain in the neck or face may result in tension headaches. Tension headaches can be either episodic or chronic in nature, and while the pain is not usually as severe as migraine pain, it can be disruptive to daily living and can have a detrimental impact on an individual’s life. Once the cause of a patient’s tension headaches is identified, treatment can be targeted to help alleviate their pain. Consult one of our physicians today to find the right plan for you!