The different types of headache respond to different treatments. Consult your doctor before trying a remedy on your own. Other treatment options that may help ease the pain of your headaches include the following:
Biofeedback teaches people how to control bodily functions they normally do not think about. Biofeedback may help you decrease the number and severity of headaches. During a biofeedback session, a therapist will guide you to relax certain muscles or control breathing, while an electronic device shows your body’s response.
Relaxing the muscles can help prevent and decrease the severity of tension and some other headaches.
Relaxation techniques may include deep breathing, visualizing being in a different place, or clearing the mind of any thoughts. A mental health professional can teach you how to perform different relaxation techniques.
A trained specialist uses small needles inserted into the skin in specific locations to improve symptoms of pain.
Massage has been used to reduce headaches.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) stimulates the nerves to prevent migraines.
Breathing 100% oxygen for 10-15 minutes often helps relieve cluster headache pain. The oxygen appears to decrease blood flow to the affected area of the brain.
Mental health counseling can help you develop new coping skills, manage stress, and change your attitude, which often results in fewer tension headaches.
When to Contact Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
- Your headaches are getting worse in severity or frequency
- You have a new type of headache
- You have new associated neurological symptoms
- You develop any side effects to treatment
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2017 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -