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Fight Headache Pain Tips

headacheMore than 47 million Americans have encountered an extreme or crippling migraine in the previous three months. Headaches alone influence 9% of the U.S. populace and expenses $1 billion a year in direct restorative costs.

There are the undeniable decisions for destroying the agony, for example, nonsteroidal mitigating drugs (Motrin and Aleve, for instance). Individuals with headaches frequently take beta blockers or antidepressants to counteract migraines, and triptans, for example, Imitrex or Relpax, once side effects begin.

# Acupuncture

In acupuncture, thin needles are inserted under the skin to realign the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. In general, treatments run $60 to $120 per session, according to Acufinder.com, an acupuncture referral service.

# Massage

For temporary relief, try rubbing your temples or getting a neck, back, head, or shoulder massage.

# Stretching

Headache-relieving stretches can get at muscle tension that contributes to pain. Add them to your workout or use them when a headache looms.

# Biofeedback

Biofeedback uses electronic sensors to monitor body functions such as muscle tension, skin temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Data are fed back to the patient through sounds or computer images. The goal is to teach people how to control bodily responses—easing tight muscles, for example—to prevent headache pain.

# Aerobics

Regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, biking, or swimming, can reduce migraine intensity and frequency, according to the National Pain Foundation.

# Meditation

Various meditation techniques can be used to focus attention and quiet the mind from distractions such as chronic pain.\

# Yoga

Could striking a camel pose ease your aching head? Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to boost relaxation and balance the mind, body, and spirit, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

# Relaxation exercises

Deep breathing, relaxing to music, or using mental imagery can help people unwind and possibly help with headache too. Additional research is needed, however.

# Heat and cold

Anyone can use this no-risk headache therapy—even pregnant women.

# Avoid nitrates and nitrites

Nitrites and nitrates in processed meats and monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in foods as a flavor enhancer have been linked to migraines. Some heart medicines also contain nitrate.

# Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Delivering magnetic pulses to the brain may become a useful therapy for zapping migraines, research suggests. A recent study found that when patients treated a migraine with transcranial magnetic stimulation, they got better relief than those who treated their pain with a placebo device.

# Electrode implants

People with intractable headaches may one day rely on electrodes implanted in the neck or brain to provide pain relief.