Tension headache usually develops in the afternoon, causing mild or moderate pain that may feel like dull tightness or a band of pressure. Tension headaches occur when neck, shoulder, and scalp muscles become tense. If you suffer from headaches often, more than once or twice a week.

• Don’t skip meals.

• Get enough sleep.

• Avoid stress and fatigue.

• Learn physical and relaxation therapies.

• Apply heating pad to the neck and shoulders to relax the muscles.

• Exercise the muscles of neck and shoulders by strengthening and stretching them.

• Relaxation exercises that focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax and release tension and stress can also help.

• Learn Biofeedback relaxation techniques. Learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and then find ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache.

• Identify trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent headache.