Muscle Contraction Tension Headache Follow-up

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Syed M S Ahmed, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Patient Education

Advise the patient with tension-type headaches (TTHs) to take the following actions:

  • Avoid stressful situations if possible

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat balanced meals and remain well hydrated

  • Avoid uncomfortable stressful positions and bad posture

  • Avoid eyestrain

  • Try biofeedback and relaxation techniques including meditation

  • Discuss with dentist regarding a mouth if bruxsim contributing to headache

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Headache Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Causes and Treatments of Migraine and Related Headaches, Tension Headache, and Chronic Pain.