Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. As the name indicates, stress, mental and emotional conflict play a role in contracting muscles in the neck, face, scalp and jaw. Jaw clenching, intense work, depression and anxiety are common contributors. The pain is usually described as mild to moderate constant pressure being applied to the front of the face or to the head or neck, like a belt being tightened around the head. The pain is most often felt equally in both sides(1). Muscular tension, bony misalignment, postural patterns, eyestrain, temporomandibular joint disorders, myofascial pain syndrome, ligament irritation, or other musculoskeletal imbalances are often also found to contribute to tension headaches(2).
Cardiovascular disease is one of Australia’s largest health problems. The heart foundation Australia states it is the single leading cause of death and it affects 1 in 6 Australians. Cardiovascular disease includes all conditions involving the heart and blood vessels. Conditions include stroke, coronary heart disease and heart attack. (Heart foundation Australia website http://heartfoundation.org.au)