Headaches are among the most common minor health problems.
Tension headaches, which are the most common, account for 90% of all headaches. Although these can occur in people of all ages, they usually begin in early adulthood or later. Many researchers believe that a tension headache can result when the head, neck or face muscles contract but do not relax. They remain tense or in a spasm. This compresses blood vessels in the affected muscles and reduces blood supply there.
The resulting pain feels like a squeezing, aching pressure at the temples, across the upper forehead, in the face, or in the back of the neck. Tension headaches may last for hours, sometimes days, and are usually mildly to moderately painful.
Tension headaches account for 90% of all headaches.
While a tension headache is the most common type of headache, there are other more serious types, including migraine, cluster and sinus headaches – as well as headaches resulting from illness or injuries. If you have a very painful headache that persists on and off for several days or even weeks, consult your physician.