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what do you suggest to relieve a tension headache?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Acupuncture: There are a number of treatment options for tension headaches. As an acupuncturist, it is very satisfying to help relieve someone's head pain.
Dr. Jayshree Chander
Holistic Medicine 31 years experience
Multiple Modalities: Practicing pranayama (breathing exercises) in the acute phase can alleviate a tension headache. Practicing on a regular basis can prevent them. can also be very helpful. Regular exercise, sound sleep, yoga, and meditation help too. Acupuncture. Addressing the root cause of what is causing you to feel tense is the most important thing you can do.

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