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  • Lay down in a dark, quiet room.
  • Use heat, ice, and/or gentle stretching to relieve muscle tension.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink water, and eat meals on a regular schedule.

Visit a trained specialist

Physical therapists use therapeutic exercises and manual therapy to reduce pain and restore mobility, and osteopaths also use spinal manipulation.

Gentle working of the soft tissues can be performed by a massage therapist to help with pain and restore soft tissue mobility.



  • Limited use of over-the-counter pain relieving medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as directed on the package.
  • Some headaches, such as migraine headaches, respond well to prescription medications designed to treat an acute headache and/or prevent frequent headaches.