18 Apr 2019

Tension Headaches and Neurofeedback

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From Healing Young Brains by Robert Hill, Ph.D. and Eduardo Castro, M.D.


“The second type of headache we see is the tension headache.  We generally approach this type of head pain similarly to the way we approach stress and anxiety.  The muscle contraction, or tension, headache is different from the migraine.  It is usually experienced as a dull and often persistent head pain.  It is seldom as intense as the migraine, but it can be rather constant.  There is often soreness and tenderness in the neck, face, and head where the muscles attach to the bones.  Patients report that it feels like the muscles are in knots.

Muscles can tighten without movement.  Tension headaches result from stress, either physical or emotional.  The physical stress may be a result of poor posture, injury, work or sports activity, or some other physical strain.  Emotional stress usually causes us to stay physically tense and “on guard.”  Either way, the muscles are held in a tightened state.  The neck and jaw are particularly sensitive to stress because the skeletal muscles (striate muscles) attach to bone; therefore, tension headaches are quite common.  Tense muscles can actually pull bones out of alignment, pinching nerves and causing additional pain.  An estimated 40 percent of the population has tension headaches.  So brainwave biofeedback, neurofeedback therapists see their share of this common disorder.”