Is it possible to get headaches wearing SmartCap?

Yes, but these are preventable. 

Anything that puts continuous pressure on the head such as tight hats, headbands, goggles and glasses can give rise to headache. Below we explain some of the everyday causes of headaches, and give more detail on this particular type.

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Everyday causes of headaches

Headaches are relatively common, but not all headaches are the same. The location of the pain, how severe it is, how long it lasts, what causes the pain and how often it occurs are some of the factors physicians use to define different types of headaches. Below are some of the most common headache types.

Tension headache: a common type of headache associated with steady, non-throbbing mild to moderate pain, usually on both sides of the head. Often feeling like a tight band of pressure around the head, tension headaches can be brought on by stress, lack of sleep, poor posture or muscle injury in the back, shoulders or neck.

Migraine headache: occurring in about 15 per cent of adults, migraines are throbbing pain usually on one side of the head. They can last for hours at a time, and may be brought on by certain foods, changes in weather, lack of food or sleep, as well as severe dehydration.

Cluster headache: a rare yet severe headache more commonly found in tobacco smokers, cluster headaches are most commonly brought on by excessive alcohol consumption or significant accrual of sleep debt. 

Eye-strain headache: If you have visual problems that have not been addressed by prescription glasses or contact lenses, you can get an eye strain headache, which typically causes pain and a heavy feeling around the eyes.

Ice-cream headache: Eating something very cold can cause a sharp pain in the middle of your forehead or over one temple. People who get migraines may be more likely to get an ice-cream headache — so-named because the pain comes on immediately after eating ice-cream.

External compression headache: mild to severe headaches that can occur when any head wear puts continuous pressure on your forehead or scalp. Often referred to as “swim-goggle headaches”, pain relief is prompt after the pressure is removed.


External Compression (EC) Headaches


The symptoms of an EC headache are non-pulsating, dull pain that feels like constant pressure. The pain tends to be greatest in the location(s) of the pressure.


EC headaches are caused by any type of headwear that places pressure on the head, including caps, helmets, headphones, sunglasses and goggles.


For migraine sufferers (unrelated to the wearing of headwear), an EC headache may trigger a migraine if no treatment or mitigation is in place.


Of all forms of headache, EC headaches are the easiest to treat. Removing the external pressure for periods of time, and ensuring headwear fits correctly is the best treatment. As with any ailment, the advice of a medical professional should be sought if discomfort persists.

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