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Migraines & Headaches Health Center

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Treating Your Own Headaches

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    You don't necessarily need a doctor's prescription to treat your headaches. Here are some ways you can find relief, without medication:

    • Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck.
    • Take a warm bath or shower; take a nap; or take a walk.
    • Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to a massage.
    • Apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger and/or thumb. Maintain pressure for seven to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.
    • Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Close your eyes and try to release the tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.
    • If you have excessive muscle contractions in the neck, it may be helpful to perform physical therapy exercises every day.

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