If you've ever had a headache, there's a good chance it was a tension headache -- 90 percent of all headaches are classified as tension headaches. But what is a tension headache, exactly? This temporary condition causes pain that is mild to moderate and feels like pressure is being applied to the head or neck.
Other names for a tension headache include:
- Stress headache
- Ordinary headache
- Psychogenic headache.
This type of headache affects an estimated 2 percent to 3 percent of people on a chronic basis, with twice as many women affected as men. Some of the factors that increase your risk of a tension headache include:
Most people with infrequent tension headaches are able to find relief with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. People who experience them more frequently may require more powerful medicine or even preventive treatment.