Tension headaches are dull pain, tightness, or pressure around your forehead or the back of
your head and neck. Some people say it feels like a clamp squeezing the skull. Often called
stress headaches, they're the most common type for adults.
There are two types:
1. Episodic tension headaches (less than 15 days per month).
2. Chronic tension headaches (more than 15 days a month).
These headaches can last from 30 minutes to a few days. The episodic kind usually starts gradually, often in the middle of the day. Chronic ones come and go over a longer period of time. The pain may get stronger or ease up throughout the day, but it's almost always there. Although your head hurts, tension headaches usually don't keep you from your daily activities, and they don't affect your vision, balance, or strength.
It's best to treat tension headaches when they first begin and the symptoms are still mild. The goal is to prevent more of them from happening and to relieve any pain you're already in. For prevention, you can: