Menstrual Tension-type Headache?

August 14, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Menstrual headaches can vary in severity from one cycle to the next

Menstrual headaches can vary in severity from one cycle to the next

Now we have menstrual tension-type headache described. When will it all end – the last thing we need now is another headache type!

The authors interviewed 165 women with menstrual related headache and found that the characteristics of tension-type headache were evident in 21.

Isn’t this what some authorities are saying – that all headache and migraine arises from the same disorder?

Menstrual tension-type headache is just a less severe expression of menstrual migraine.

Don’t get me wrong, this is my clinical experience also. I see women whose menstrual headaches vary in severity from one cycle to the next, and some women whose headaches are less severe than those in other women, so Yes, it can present as what is considered a tension-type headache (but its not tension!).

What is needed is to determine the source of the sensitisation – and basic neuro anatomy and research tells us that neck disorders have the potential to sensitise the brainstem.



(Arjona A et al. Menstrual Tension-Type headache: Evidence for Its Existence. Headache 2007;47:100-103)

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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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