Tension Type Headache

Tension-type headache is the most common type of headache and around half of adults experience tension-type headaches at least every month. It can occur in people of either sex and at any age, but it’s most common in adults and adolescents.


Tension headache usually occurs in isolated incidents but can become chronic for some people. Tension-type headache pain feels like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Shoulder muscles may also hurt along with the headache. It is usually not as severe as migraines. The pain can last from 30 minutes to several days, or may be continuous. Possible triggers are stress, fatigue, poor posture, eye strain, tobacco and alcohol use.

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At Dementech Neuroscience Clinic, we offer a comprehensive approach to headaches including multiaxial assessments of symptoms and investigation of other neuropsychiatric issues associated with headaches, blood and imaging assessments. We will use blood tests and imaging scans to precisely make the diagnosis and differentiate from other disorders.

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Most people can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and taking pain relievers. However, some people with frequent migraines may take a daily tablet to act as a tension-type headache preventer.

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Dr Lucio D’Anna
Consultant Neurologist

Dr Lucio D’Anna obtained his MD with Honours at the Medical School of the University of Udine, Italy and then he completed his Neurology training with Honours.

Dr Soumit Singhai
Geriatric & general internal medicine

Dr Singhai has been a Consultant Physician/Geriatrician since 2009, initially at the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust in London and then from 2016 he has been at the Lister Hospital in Hertfordshire.

Dr David Choluj
Lead Neurologist for MS

Dr David Choluj is a Consultant Neurologist with a further extensive experience in Stroke Medicine and Neurological Rehabilitation, based in London.

Prof. K. Ray Chaudhuri
Parkinson's Disease Expert

Professor K. Ray Chaudhuri is a world-renowned expert in Parkinson's disease. He is Professor of Neurology/Movement Disorders & Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital & King’s College London and also Principal Investigator at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

Prof. Aarsland Dag
Geriatric Psychiatry

Dag Aarsland is Professor and Head of Department of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant psychiatrist at the Mental Health for Older Adults, South London & Maudsley NHS Health Trust, where he leads the Parkinson Spectrum Memory Clinic.

Dr. Vinod Metta
Lead Interventional Neurologist

Dr Vinod Metta, consultant interventional neurologist & movement disorder specialist trained at Kings College Hospital London.

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