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Headaches, Non Migraine Tension

Headaches can be caused by a wide variety of factors, but the majority that require medical attention are either tension or migraine headaches. Although a headache may be associated with a serious medical condition, most headaches are not serious.

You can differentiate between the two by the nature of the pain.

  • Tension headaches usually have a steady, constant, dull pain that starts at the back of the head or in the forehead and spreads over the entire head, giving the sensation of pressure or a feeling that a vise grip has been applied to the skull.

  • Migraine headaches are vascular headaches characterized by a throbbing or pounding sharp pain.


Tension headaches are usually caused by tightening in the muscles of the face, neck or scalp as a result of stress or poor posture. Other causes are drug reactions and magnesium insufficiency. A tension headache only rarely mimics other types of headaches of a more serious nature, such as those associated with a stroke or brain tumor.

Treatment Summary

The primary therapy should be addressing the factors that trigger tension in the neck muscles. Since the neck is an area of the body that often holds tension produced by psychological stress, it is especially important to learn to relax the muscles through techniques such as progressive relaxation.

Nutritional Supplements

Vitamin B6: 25 to 50mg three times per day.

  • Magnesium (bound to aspartate, citrate, fumarate, malate, or succinate): 150 to 250 mg two or three times per day.

  • Vitamin D3: 2000 to 4000 IU per day

  • Fish Oils: 1000mg EPA + DHA per day

PLUS either of the following

  • Grape Seed Extract (>95% procyanidolic oligomers): 100 to 300mg per day

  • Pine Bark Extract (>95% procyanidolic oligomers): 100 to 300mg per day

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