Tension-type headache

Tension-type headache is the most common type of headache, and affects up to 80% of people from time to time. Most of the headaches we think of as ‘normal’ or ‘ordinary’ headaches are probably tension-type headaches.

Did you know?

These headaches were called 'tension' headaches because they were thought to be due to increased tension in the scalp muscles. It’s now known this is not the cause of the pain, but the name has stuck.

Read about the symptoms and signs of tension-type headache and their treatment.

  • British Association for the Study of Headache. Guidelines for all health professionals in the diagnosis and management of migraine, tension-type-type headache, cluster headache and medication overuse headache. Hull: BASH, 2010. www.bash.org.uk (accessed 13 December 2011)