Tuesday 25 October 2016

How to relieve tension headaches

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

Relaxation techniques help stress-related headaches
Relaxation techniques help stress-related headaches

Tension headaches aren't life-threatening and are usually relieved by painkillers or changes in lifestyle.

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Relaxation techniques such as yoga, massage, exercise or applying a hot flannel to your forehead and neck can help with stress-related headaches.

Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to help relieve pain. Aspirin may also sometimes be recommended.

If you are taking these medications, you should always follow the instructions on the packet. Pregnant women should not take ibuprofen during the third trimester as it could risk harming the baby, and children under 16 should not be given aspirin.

Medication should not be taken for more than a few days at a time or it can cause medication-overuse headaches and medication containing codeine should be avoided unless recommended by a GP.

Keep a diary to try and identify what could be triggering headaches. It may then be possible to alter your diet or lifestyle to help prevent them occurring as often.

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