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Tension headche want can I do besides cold compressions on the back of my neck?
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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In brief: Warm compresses
Cold tends to make muscles tighten more; moist heat increases blood flow and decreases pain and spasm. Mild range-of-motion exercises help stretch & relax the muscles.
Nsaids (aleve/motrin etc if tolerated by stomach ) can reduce pain & inflammation. Do not mix with blood thinners) magnesium (low dose) can help relax muscles. Therapeutic massage is helpful.

In brief: Warm compresses
Cold tends to make muscles tighten more; moist heat increases blood flow and decreases pain and spasm. Mild range-of-motion exercises help stretch & relax the muscles.
Nsaids (aleve/motrin etc if tolerated by stomach ) can reduce pain & inflammation. Do not mix with blood thinners) magnesium (low dose) can help relax muscles. Therapeutic massage is helpful.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
if you work with head forward over a keyboard or desktop for long stretches of time, take breaks every hour or 2 to exercise your neck & stretch the muscles
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