Tension Headache What is a tension headache? A tension headache, the most common form of head pain, is often associated with stress and is described as a mild or moderate band of pain or pressure surrounding the forehead or the back of the head. This type of headache tends to occur daily or periodically, lasting anywhere from half an hour, to several days in a row. What are the symptoms of a tension headache? Symptoms vary from person to person, but most often, sufferers experience pain and pressure in the forehead, around the eyes, and temples. Other symptoms also include insomnia, nausea, trouble concentrating, lack of appetite, and sensitivity to light and sound. How do we treat tension headaches? Tension headaches can be treated effectively without medication. We teach our patients the ins and outs of posture so they can take pressure off their spines. We incorporate stretching and strengthening exercises to improve range of motion and stabilize muscles in the neck, shoulders and back, so pressure on the head is relieved. If the headaches occur on a regular basis, stress management is recommended to combat the triggers causing the headaches in the first place.