If you’ve ever experienced a painful sensation of tightness across your forehead or the back of your head you were probably suffering from a tension headache. Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches, more prevalent than migraines. Women are more likely to suffer from them than men. Additionally, middle-aged adults suffer from these headaches more than any other age group. Finding tension headache relief is important- some patients report not being able to work or maintain a social life because of the pain. In order to help you learn more about finding relief from headaches we will explore the two different types of tension headaches, their causes and how to treat them.
Two Types of Tension Headaches
Episodic Tension Headache:
If you suffer from tension headaches, you most likely suffer from this type. Episodic tension headaches occur once or twice a month on average. While some patients may experience more than two episodic tension headaches per month, they typically will not exceed 15 per month.
Chronic Tension Headache:
Only about 3 percent of the population suffer from this type of headache. Chronic tension headaches, on average, occur much more frequently than episodic tension headaches. Usually a patient with this type will report at least 15 headaches per month.
Causes and Triggers of Tension Headaches
While the cause of these headaches are not known for sure, some theories suggest that people with high sensitivity to pain and stress are more likely to develop tension headaches. Stress being the biggest trigger.
Another possible cause is physical surroundings such as bright light, extreme cold or heat or loud noises.
Finding Tension Headache Relief
At Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry we offer occlusal splints to relieve tension headaches. These splints are small, plastic devices worn over the teeth. They are customized to fit your mouth perfectly and provide “neuromuscular harmony”. This means that your bite is corrected and supported. This prevents muscles from tensing and allows muscles to relax. They can also prevent bruxism, or teeth grinding, which can also cause headaches.
At our practice, Dr. Brad Pitt will examine your bite to provide the right treatment. His expertise in tension headache relief makes him a sought after dentist for patients suffering from pain associated with tension headaches.
For more information on tension headache relief with occlusal splints, visit us at Brad Pitt Family and Cosmetic Dentistry or call us today at 803-808-1778803-808-1778.
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