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How can you treat your headache without drugs?

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You may not need a doctor's prescription to treat your headaches. You can often find relief in other ways, without medication:

  • Apply an ice pack to the painful part of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck. Be sure you wrap it in a cloth first to protect your skin.
  • 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 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 a lot of muscle contractions in your neck, it may help to do physical therapy exercises every day.

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

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