A tension headache is a headache caused by tense muscles in the scalp or neck. These headaches give a feeling of tightness all around the head. The neck muscles also become sore and tight. Tension headaches can be caused by staying in one position for a long time, such as reading, playing video games or using a computer. Many people get tension headaches as a reaction to stress (such as pressure for better grades or family conflicts). If you get a lot of headaches, see your healthcare provider. They may be caused by something besides tension.
Tension headaches usually last from a few hours to a day and you may have them often.
If you have been checked by your healthcare provider and still have tension headaches, try the following to help ease the pain:
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