The National Headache Foundation identifies ‘tension-type’ headache as a nonspecific headache, which is not vascular or migrainous, and is not related to organic disease. The most common form of headache (accounting for ~90% of all headaches), it may be related to muscle tightening in the back of the neck and/or scalp. This type of headache usually begins in the forehead, temples, or the back of the head/neck and can be triggered by temporary stress, anxiety, fatigue or anger in addition to physical stressors.


Some common symptoms may include:

1. Contraction of the muscles between the head and neck.
2. A tight ‘band-like’ sensation around the head and/or neck often described as ‘vice-like’.
3. Pain in the forehead, temples, or base of skull

Who’s At Risk?

Both females and males over a wide age range.


Our physical therapists provide a comprehensive management approach based on the latest research evidence. Our treatment program includes spinal mobilization and manipulation to the upper back and neck, specific soft tissue techniques, trigger point dry needling, postural correction exercises, targeted conditioning exercises, postural/ergonomics education and bio-feedback for relaxation training.

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