2. Ice and Heat
Ice and heat can help relieve all types of pain, especially pain associated with a tension headache. You will need to use an ice pack or heat pad on your head for five to ten minutes or until the pain has subsided. The ice and heat help improve blood flow, which can help eliminate pain. If you cannot stand to have the ice pack or heat directly on your head, you can place a towel over your skin and add the ice and heat on top of it.
As the ice melts, you may need to replace the towels to avoid getting wet. You can try both heat and cold treatments together or try them separately to see which one works best. You can use ice and heat as many times a day as necessary. If you do get tension headaches regularly, it may be a good idea to talk to a doctor to ensure there are no serious underlying causes.