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John David Becker

Best for: Soothing stress before a headache starts.

How they work: Simple deep breathing and stretching (neck and shoulder rolls, in particular) relax tense muscles that trigger headaches, says Sheena Aurora, M.D., the co-director of the Swedish Headache Center, in Seattle. A pulse-point balm with aromatherapeutic ingredients, like mint, can help, too; roll it onto your temples and the back of your neck.

Keep in mind: Stretching also improves poor posture, another possible cause of headaches.

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