Tension headaches can be a real pain, literally. They can be caused by stress, depression, a head injury, or anxiety. Fortunately, there are several ways to make a tension headache go away. One of the most effective methods is to apply heat or ice to the neck and shoulder muscles.
This can be done with a set of low-temperature heating pads, a hot water bottle, a hot shower or bath, a warm compress, or a warm towel. Alternatively, an ice pack (wrapped in a cloth) or a cold cloth can be applied to the forehead. Massage can also help to relieve muscle tension and sometimes headache. If tension headaches occur regularly or frequently, therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, or biofeedback can reduce or eliminate headaches.
Identifying the factors that cause headaches is one way to prevent future episodes. Finally, it is important to avoid overusing painkillers that are available without a prescription as this can lead to another type of headache - the headache from overuse of medications.