Tension headaches are fairly common, but many people aren’t quite sure why they arise or what to do about them when they do. Symptoms typically include aching head pain, scalp tenderness, and pressure centered in the forehead, sides, and back of the head. It is helpful to understand the causes and treatments of tension headaches if you or someone you know is experiencing them.

1. Cause: Stress

The most common cause of a tension headache is stress. Emotional disturbances can leave you vulnerable to a wide range of symptoms. A tough day at work, an unexpected bill, or an argument can cause an intense amount of stress that can trigger a tension headache.

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