If you are experiencing a short-term tension headache, an over-the-counter painkiller will usually be effective for getting rid of it. However, you should avoid overusing or relying on OTC painkillers when you have a headache because they can have harmful effects on your liver in the long run.
A massage is an excellent way to relieve your headache. You can do it yourself or have a friend do it by applying gentle pressure to your temples and the top of your head. If you experience frequent headaches, regular massages can be effective for managing them, particularly if you believe your headaches are caused by stress.
3. Gentle heat or cold:
Another good way to soothe a headache is to apply a cold pack or hot pack to your temple. Both can be effective as long as the temperatures aren’t too extreme, it just depends on your personal preferences. Cold is excellent for soothing inflammation, while heat is very effective for relieving tension.
Often the most effective way to get rid of a headache is simply to sleep it off. Since many headaches are caused by stress or lack of sleep, going to be and relaxing can help get rid of the tension and pain. If you can’t fall asleep, being in a dark room can be very helpful because it removes the external stimuli that are causing the migraine.
The more informed you are about your headaches, the easier it is for you and your doctors to treat them. In addition to painkillers, be sure to look into massage and other-stress relieving techniques to manage your headaches.
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Written by Dr. Brent Wells
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