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How to Make Any Headache Go Away
Head pounding? Here's your roadmap to the most common headache pains and how to get relief asap
How it feels: Your head is being squeezed in a vice
Headache causes: If you sit at a desk all day hunched over a computer (like right now, as you're reading this article -- sorry), you may be prone to tension headaches. As you bend forward, the muscles in your neck, back and shoulders are forced into a tense, shortened position.
Shortcut to headache relief: Popping an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) should be your first line of defense. If you're not the pill type, work on releasing the physical tension. "Anything that helps you do the opposite motion will provide relief," says naturopath Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. "Leaning backward on a physio ball can help, as well as sleeping with a cervical neck pillow. That will keep the tension in the neck away, which ultimately leads to the head tension."
Long-term headache relief: Because tension headaches are also caused by stress, finding ways to manage daily pressures will bring headache relief as well. When you're trying to get rid of a tension headache, you have the perfect excuse to drop all responsibilities, float in a bath of Epsom salts and demand a massage. Another tension headache cure: regular exercise.
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