Headaches are among the most common reasons patients visit their doctors, and tension headaches are the most common type experienced. What are the symptoms of a tension headache? – A “vise-like” sensation in the back of the head and neck – Pain in the head and neck area – Muscle contractions in the back of the neck – Headaches that happen later in the day What are the causes of tension headaches? Tension headaches have also been called “muscle contraction headaches.” Some causes include: – Stress – Mental or emotional conflict – Anger, either chronic or transient – Clenching the jaw – Intense, focused work – Low blood sugar or hunger – Depression – Anxiety – Acute or chronic sleep deprivation – Sleep apnea When medications aren’t enough or are contraindicated Although medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can help, they have side effects. You may not be able Continue reading →