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There are several different types of headaches, but two of the main types are tension headaches and migraines.

Tension-type headaches are often described as pressure or tightness in the head. They are usually on both sides of the head, but they are not limited to just these regions. They may or may not be accompanied by pain in other areas such as the neck, shoulders, and back. These headaches are usually caused by muscle tension.

A migraine is a different type of headache where you may experience additional symptoms like visual disturbances called “auras,” nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell.

If you suffer from headaches, no matter the type, you know the worst thing about them—the pain never seems to end! Here are a few tips for when you need some relief.

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1. Try Massage

If you can get someone else to rub some pressure into your head and neck area, it can help reduce pain. If you have frequent headaches at night, or just need to lie down, you can also position yourself so that your head is higher than your heart (known as being “supine”). This will help with blood flow by gravity and reduce pressure on the brain.

2. Get Some Fresh Air

Headaches are often caused by stress, so trying stress relieving tactics can be helpful. Try to take a break by stepping outside and getting some fresh air. If you can’t go outside, sitting in front of a fan or opening a window will help create the same effect. The cool air circulating will help you relax and reduce tension in your muscles.

3. Take a Long, Hot Bath

For a more soothing approach, try a hot bath or shower. If you have to spend a few more minutes than normal, that’s OK. The heat of the water will help stimulate blood flow and relax your body. If you have access to aromatherapy bath salts or bath bombs, you can engage your other senses for more relaxation.

4. Try to Get Some Sleep

Your body will recover from a headache more quickly if you are well-rested. Go to bed early or take a nap so you can wake up refreshed and ready for whatever the day might bring.

In summary, headaches can bring us down and make us feel lousy. If you’re suffering from one, Use these tips to help manage your symptoms. If you find yourself experiencing headaches on a consistent basis or that interfere with your daily life, visit your primary care physician.

What other tips do you have to manage headache symptoms?