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Type: Journal article
Title: Stress and tension-type headache mechanisms
Author: Cathcart, S.
Winefield, A.
Lushington, K.
Rolan, P.
Citation: Cephalalgia: an international journal of headache, 2010; 30(10):1250-1267
Publisher: Blackwell Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0333-1024
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Stuart Cathcart, Anthony H Winefield, Kurt Lushington and Paul Rolan
Abstract: Stress is widely demonstrated as a contributing factor in tension-type headache (TTH). The mechanisms underlying this remain unclear at present. Recent research indicates the importance of central pain processes in tension-type headache (TTH) pathophysiology. Concurrently, research with animals and healthy humans has begun to elucidate the relationship between stress and pain processing in the central nervous system, including central pain processes putatively dysfunctional in TTH. Combined, these two fields of research present new insights and hypotheses into possible mechanisms by which stress may contribute to TTH. To date, however, there has been no comprehensive review of this literature. The present paper provides such a review, which may be valuable in facilitating a broader understanding of the central mechanisms by which stress may contribute to TTH.
Keywords: stress
Rights: Copyright International Headache Society 2010
DOI: 10.1177/0333102410362927
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