Muscle Contraction Tension Headache Follow-up

Updated: Dec 28, 2015
  • Author: Manish K Singh, 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

  • Avoid uncomfortable stressful positions and bad posture

  • Avoid eyestrain

  • Try biofeedback and relaxation techniques

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.