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Tension headaches

Tension-type headache is the most common type of headache. In addition to headaches, the majority of people with these symptoms 60-80% also suffer from neck pain. Tension type headache is a form of primary headache which means that there is headache without any demonstrable neurological abnormalities present. In most cases, tension-type headache involves headaches on both sides of the head. The diagnosis of tension-type headache is easy to make, the physiotherapists of Fysiofitaal can help you with this.

Cause

Tension-type headache is the most common form of headache. In addition to headaches, the majority of people with these symptoms 60-80% also suffer from neck pain.This type of headache can last a long time but it certainly does not always. Tension-type headache can last from 30 minutes to 7 months. Tension type headache is a form of primary headache, which means that there is a headache without any detectable neurological abnormalities. This type of headache can be annoying but is harmless.
The exact cause of tension type headache is not known. This type of headache can be caused by several factors including stress.
Tension headaches

Symptoms

In tension type headache, in most cases, there is a headache on both sides of the head. Some headache forms are only on the left or right side of the head, for example. The pain is often described as oppressive and can be mild to moderate in intensity. Besides pain, there can also be a disturbed function. Think of a less supple movement of the head.

Diagnosis

In order to diagnose tension-type headache, the physiotherapist starts the first treatment by asking a number of questions. From this information your physical therapist can learn a lot, it gives the physical therapist an idea of where the symptoms may come from. Next, the physiotherapist will carry out a number of tests to see if there is any reduced mobility, for example. The physiotherapist will always inform you about the origin of the symptoms and together with you he will discuss the best way to treat them. The diagnosis of tension-type headache is easy to make, the physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal can help you with this.

Treatment

The treatment of this type of headache can vary greatly. The treatment totally depends on what kind of complaints are experienced. Often the treatment consists of a combination of pain relief and exercise therapy. The physiotherapist will explain which treatment is best for you and discuss and personalise it with you.
Do you suffer from headaches or other complaints like, for example neck pain? Do not wait any longer and make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.

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