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Self-Help for Headaches

Self-Help for Headaches

Next time you get a nagging headache, try a little fingertip therapy. You might feel better more quickly.

  • Your temporalis muscle: With your index and middle fingers, apply pressure to your temporalis muscle. It's that tender spot where you feel a muscle move when you clench your teeth.
  • Behind your ears: Using your thumbs, massage in a circular motion the spots just underneath the large bones behind your ears.
  • Between your eyes: With your middle finger and thumb, gently pinch the skin just above your nose and press upward so you feel the pressure around your eyebrows.
  • The web of your hand: Use your thumb and index finger to squeeze the fleshy pad of skin between the thumb and index finger on your opposite hand.

Here are three more quick ways to destress your head.

Medically reviewed in March 2020.

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