Prevention of Headache

Preventing tension headaches

If you experience frequent tension-type headaches, you may wish to keep a diary to try to identify what could be triggering them. It may then be possible to alter your diet or lifestyle to prevent them occurring as often.

Regular exercise and relaxation are also important measures to help reduce stress and tension that may be causing headaches. Maintaining good posture and ensuring you're well rested and hydrated can also help.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over a 5-8 week period may be beneficial in preventing chronic tension-type headaches.

In some cases, an antidepressant medication called amitriptyline may be prescribed to help prevent chronic tension-type headaches, although there's limited evidence of its effectiveness. This medication doesn't treat a headache instantly, but must be taken daily for several months until the headaches lessen.

Source: NHS Choices UK1

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Prevent Headaches

  • Ease stress.
  • Get enough quality sleep.
  • Eat regularly scheduled, healthy meals.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Ask your doctor if medications might help prevent returning headaches.

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2

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References

  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ tension-headaches/ 
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ mar2014/ feature2

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