You’ve felt the thumping as part of your temples, the low ache behind your eyes. Pressure headaches may not be as debilitating as migraines, but when they are persistent, they can considerably lower your quality of life. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches. They may happen at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents.” They also say that pressure headaches occur when “neck and scalp muscles become tense, or contract. The muscle contractions could be a response to stress, depression, a head trauma, or anxiety.”
I found this here: Relieve your tension headaches
Ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen are some of the most common over-the-counter medicines you can take to treat your tension headache. They are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. However, the National Institutes of Health warn, “After a while, [these painkillers] do not work also or they do not alleviate headaches for as long.” The headaches that result from overuse of painkillers are known as “rebound” headaches.
Try a pencil
The good news is, you may not necessarily have to reach for the medicine whenever you feel a tension headache coming on. Instead, one Yahoo.com health expert suggests, reach for a pencil. She states when you feel your jaw start to clench, you need to “put a pencil between your teeth (do not bite down) and hold it there. This simple strategy will trigger your jaw to relax, easing pressure, forestalling the headache, and easing the pain.” You can also try employing relaxation techniques like meditation to help forestall the signs of pressure. Or you could always ask a friend for a neck rub.