Headaches are very common. In fact, Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches and a lot of these cases are due to tension. Many people turn to NSAIDs to relieve their pain. NSAIDs are over the counter medications which include ibuprofen (such as Advil) and aspirin. We know, however, that NSAIDs have their own risks including liver and kidney damage, stomach ulcers, heart problems, etc. Let’s look at some better, natural ways that headaches can be relieved.

1. Chiropractic Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation)

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of a tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

2. Take a break

If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.

3. Exercise

Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.

4. Avoid clenching your teeth

The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.

5. Hydrate

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches. Another good way to measure the best water intake for you is to divide your weight by 1/2 – that’s how much water you should be drinking each day.