Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
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Free Health advice brought to you by Sam McCauley Chemists Broad Street and Williamstown.

These are a severe pain in one or more parts of the head, as well as the back of the neck. They can be caused by the contraction of head and neck muscles, or because of stress, poor posture, alcohol and smoking, eyestrain or fatigue. Women may be prone to tension headaches just before or during their period.

The main symptoms of tension headaches are tightening of the head, tense shoulders and muscles, sleeping difficulties and difficulty concentrating.

You can reduce the frequency of tension headaches by maintaining good posture, exercising frequently practicing relaxation techniques, avoiding excess alcohol, and getting plenty of fresh air.

How are tension headaches treated?

Over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories are helpful in relieving the symptoms of headaches and your local Sam McCauley Pharmacist can advise on the most appropriate medicine for your symptoms. In severe cases prescription medication may be required. In this case, it's a good idea to document the frequency and duration of headaches to assist your doctor in drawing up a treatment plan for you.

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