How long can tension headaches last?

Usually brief. Classic tension or "muscle-contraction" headache is often a brief event running for 15-30 minutes, up to an hour or two. Usually will start later in day, and occupy predominantly back of head but can be diffuse. Typical migraines are usually longer than 4-6 hrs, and have different characteristics.

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How long can a tension headache last? And how can I prevent it? What exercises can I do to help it go away?

Tesnion headache. Headaches from neck tension usually resolve with rest or otc medication. They result from muscle tension in the neck and shoulders and can be prevented by stretching, ice, heat and massage. Yoga may help. Read more...