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How can tension headaches be treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Don’t skip meals, and make sure that you are drinking enough water; the body needs eight to ten glasses of fluids a day to stay well hydrated. Some people also get relief by putting a little pressure behind the bones of the back of the ear. Use your thumbs and rub the area for about two minutes.

Also, it’s worth noting that you should avoid tight, thin head bands, which can put more tension on your head. Thicker bands (one inch or more) made of cloth are ideal. If your headaches come on daily, are persistent, wake you from sleep, or keep you from your social life as well as school, see your doctor.

Over-the-counter medicines may be effective for once in a while, as in one or two times a week, but if you need medicine more than that, get checked out by your pediatrician or a headache specialist (a neurologist, usually).

Therapeutic massage can help, but avoid supplements and other medicines for headache relief unless prescribed by a physician.

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