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Tension Headache, A Variant Of Migraine

Written by
Dr. Shubham Mehta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Mar 30, 2017 and last reviewed on Oct 19, 2019   -  1 min read

Abstract

Tension headache, otherwise called muscle contraction headache, is a type of headache that results in pain in the temporal region and radiates to the forehead and back of the neck. Read the article to know more.

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Tension Headache, A Variant Of Migraine

A tension headache is a dull, persistent pain that occurs in the temporal region (part of head just above the ears) in a band like distribution and may radiate forward to the frontal (forehead) region or backward to the occipital (part of head just above the neck) region. It is also referred to as a muscle contraction headache.

What Causes Tension Headache?

Types of tension headache

There are two types of tension headache. They are

Episodic tension headache is diagnosed when the headache lasts from thirty minutes to seven days accompanied by two of the following characteristics:

Chronic tension headache is characterised by average headache frequency of fifteen days per month for six months in a year, frequently associated analgesic overuse, superimposed migrainous features intermittently.

Treatment

Non pharmacologic approaches include physical therapy to the head and neck region and biofeedback. However, the benefits are generally short lived and long term results are disappointing.

To know more about headaches, read this article on types of headache --> https://www.icliniq.com/health-articles/health-topics/migraines-and-headaches/what-you-should-know-about-headaches

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