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What is a Headache?

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headacheA Headache is known as a pain in the head or upper neck. It is one of the most common locations of pain in the body and has several causes.

There are many different types of headaches patterns and many different causes.
While painful and annoying, the majority of headaches do not mention a serious disorder and, if they are not a persistent problem, may be relieved by medicines and/or changes in lifestyle.

The most common type of headache is tension headache.
Although tension headaches are the most common type, their causes are not known. The most likely cause is contraction of the muscles that cover the skull. When the muscles covering the skull are stressed, they may spasm and cause pain. There are few research to sure what are the exact causes of tension headache. Commonly, tension headaches occur because of the physical or emotion stress placed on the body.

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These stressors can cause the muscles surrounding the skull to clench the teeth and go into spasm. Physical stressors include difficult and prolonged manual labor, or sitting at a desk or computer for long periods of time concentrating. Emotional stress may also cause tension headaches by causing the muscles surrounding the skull to contract.

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Symptoms of Tension Headache

The symptoms of tension headache are often noticed by the pain’s location and the degree of the pain.

The pain begins in the back of the head and upper neck and is described as a band-like tightness or pressure.
Often is described as pressure encircling the head with the most intense pressure over the eyebrows.
The pain occurs sporadically (infrequently and without a pattern) but can occur frequently and even daily in some people.
The pain usually is mild (not disabling) and bilateral (affecting both sides of the head).
The pain is not associated with an aura (see below), nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.
The pain allows most people to function normally, despite the headache.

Treatment
The best way to treat a headache is identifying and stopping the cause of it. Try to write down the routine and the related information of the headache such as when it started, what you ate or drunk in that date, how long the headache lasted…This diary can help you find out the cause and stop it if you can.

Sometimes, taking a shower helps. While one person may benefit from a hot shower, others may find a cold one gives better results. Some also talk about the usage of botox.

Some simple changes in lifestyle may reduce, and sometimes completely eliminate the recurrence of headaches. Getting enough sleep, doing plenty of exercise, stretching the neck and back muscles regularly may be all you need.

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If you are lucky enough to have a good trainer, yoga or Tai Chi have been known to treat many types of headache effectively. It is crucial that the therapy is done with a well trained expert.

Further reading:
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