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headache remedies?

I have had a tension headache on and off for almost 5 days now. (I'm not particularly stressed right now, so I'm not sure what's causing it. I just kow that my head hurts and my neck and back are a bit stiffer than usual.)

Asprin and ibuprophen aren't touching the pain at all. Napping helps calm the pounding in my head, but when you have to hold down a 9-to-5 job, naps are pretty much out of the question.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of this headache?

Thanks in advance!

Tue. Aug 8, 3:48pm

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I had a similar instance just a few weeks ago. I went to a chiropractor and go adjusted for the first time and I feel like a brand new person! I don't know if this is an option for you or not, but I am a believer now!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 3:53 PM

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Yes, chiropractic can solve a lot of headaches like yours...but since some people don't like that sort of treatment, there is one other that works pretty well: massage.

Most tension headaches are caused by the trapezius muscle (upper back, running up the neck to attach right under the skull) spasming, which explains the on-again-off-again nature of a tension headache. If you've got someone with strong hands and the interest in helping you out for 5-10 minutes, they really don't need a whole lot of skill to make a difference - as long as they don't try to do anything to the vertebrae, you're good. My favorite thing to do for this - lie on your back and have your friend/husband/roommate cradle your head in their hands with their fingertips pressing just under the ridge of your many pressure points there, you can't miss...feels heavenly. I'm a massage therapist and I'm always telling my male clients that they should do this to their wives/girlfriends for serious brownie points.

To help yourself: clasp your hands behind your neck, with your elbows out like a butterfly. Squeeze the base of your palms together along the hard ridge of muscle that is the back of your neck and work it.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 4:12 PM

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If you are also experiencing a throbbing sensation with your tension headache, an icepack to the back of the neck can do wonders. It helps to contract the blood vessels and reduce the inflammation in the area as well as having a mild numbing effect.

I agree with the above posters about including massage and chiropractic. I've also gotten good results with acupuncture and a technique that my naturopathic doctor uses called "Bowen".

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 4:32 PM

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i would also suggest ice to the back of the neck.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 5:14 PM

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Yup - I help my husband with his. I start the massage at the base of the skull and 'move' the tension down through his back. Some folks have more tension between their shoulder blades so thorough experimentation is recommended :-) Best wishes with your headache - that sounds aweful :-(

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 6:04 PM

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