5 Remedies For Headache Pains: How to Get Rid of Headache Pains

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

5 Remedies for Headache Pains: How to Get Rid of Headache Pains


Do you have a headache pain that starts at the back of your head or neck?


Does your headache pain sometimes radiate from the back of your head and neck to the top of your forehead and perhaps extends to your eyes?


Do you get headache pains more often than once every 6 months?


Does this sound like your headache pain? If so, keep reading as I reveal five techniques that chiropractors, physiotherapists, and acupuncturists all know about but don’t regularly share.


Many headaches pains originate from the first two vertebrae of the neck. Why? Many headaches that start in the neck are due to your posture from sitting at the computer or looking at your smart phone with a forward bent neck posture.


When your chin sticks out and your neck is bent forward you force the muscles behind your head to work extra hard. The muscles contract hard putting pressure on the greater occipital nerve.


See Also: 3 Exercises To Help Your Neck Pain


The greater occipital nerve comes out from between the first and second vertebrae and goes upwards behind your head and ends at your forehead. That’s why your headache can radiate to your forehead and sometimes extends to your eyes.


The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. For every inch/2cm that you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you’re looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds.


This pressure can pull your neck or upper back and even your ribs out of alignment. Done for long periods when combined with your laptop or computer desktop you can reverse the natural curve that is supposed to be there.


 See Also: 5 Exercises For Your Stiff Neck


Fixing the curve is a long process. So why create a lifetime of headache pains with bad posture?


On top of this, there is stress from any previous trauma you have experienced. All these things add up to giving you one BIG HEADACHE PAIN.


Here are five things you can do to help yourself:

#1: Acupressure on Gall Bladder 20 (GB20) To Help With Headache Pains


What is that? That’s an acupuncture point in the neck. You can press on those points to relieve the pressure in your neck, which will help relieve your headache pains.



Why isn’t it near my gall bladder? The gall bladder meridian runs from the side of the eye and zigzags on the head and side of the body all the way to the fourth toe. It does go close to the gall bladder at one point.


How does it help me? Some research studies have proven pressure on the gall bladder 20 point can help. More importantly, this procedure has been used successfully for thousands of years. Research is only beginning to catch up what acupuncture can do.


See Also:  Top 3 Exercises For Your Upper Back Pain


Don’t use anything sharp; just use your thumb pressure. When doing this, it’s OK to feel a deep ache.


  • Extend your head backwards very slightly


  • At the base of the skull just behind the ear is a small bony prominence called a mastoid. From your mastoid move your thumb a little toward the spine until you find a depression. This depression is called Gall Bladder 20.


  • Press with thumbs on both sides until you feel a deep achy pain.


  • 3 sets for 30-60 seconds. The point can stimulated several times a day.


If you don’t feel a deep ache,  either you are in the wrong spot or you are pressing too lightly


#2:  Neck Flexion for Headache Pains

Headache Pain Exercise #2

Headache Pain Exercise #2


  • Clasp both hands behind your head as in the picture above.


  • Let the weight of your arms pull your neck down – feel the stretch. For some people you can pull but for most people just let the weight of your arms pull your neck forward until you feel a good stretch.


  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. Do it 3 times in one go.


  • You should do the exercise several times a day.

#3: Acupressure on Large Intestine 4 (Li4) For Headache Pains

Headache Pain Exercise #3 Acupressure point Large Intestine 4 (Li4)


The Acupressure point Large Intestine 4 is located in your hand. I know, it is nowhere near your large intestine, but it does have effects on the large intestine and neck, thus it does help  headaches.


  • On your hand, look for the web between your thumb and forefinger.


  • Find your forefinger bone, it’s called the Metacarpal.


  • Press into the middle of the web at about the midpoint of the Metacarpal.


  • You should press on this acupressure point several times a day.


You should feel a deep achy pain. If you don’t, either you are in the wrong spot or, you are pressing too lightly

#4: Trapezius Muscle Stretch for Headache Pains

That’s one of the muscles that is raises your shoulder. To stretch this muscle follow these steps.


  • Turn 45 degree to one side


  • Bend your neck sideways


  • Put your left hand (for this picture) on your head and let the weight of your arm pull your head down


  • Let the opposite shoulder relax and drop. If you don’t feel a stretch bring your shoulder down by holding onto a eg. table.


  • You should do the exercise several times a day.

#5: Upper Neck Thumb Trigger Point Work For Headache Pains


Trigger Points are hard nodules of muscles that need to be ironed out.  To do this requires pressure.  Don’t worry, no steam is required.


Remember that the first two vertebrae are the causes of most headaches that come from the neck.  So you need to work at the upper part of the neck just below your skull.


You can start at Gall Bladder 20, as you are already experienced with this point.


  • Starting at Gall Bladder 20 move slowly toward the center with your thumb and press firmly until you come across a tender spot.


  • Keep pressing the tender spot until the spot is ironed out or less tender, usually about 20-30 seconds.


  • You should end up right beside the spine on both sides


  • Remember to do both sides.


  • You should press on this acupressure point several times a day.


If you get a deep aching while you are doing this then you are doing it right.


A different kind of soreness as if you worked out is fine if it lasts a day.  If it lasts longer than a day you pressed too hard.  You should stop doing the exercises.


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Dr Ken Nakamura

4 Responses to 5 Remedies For Headache Pains: How to Get Rid of Headache Pains
  • kamlesh patel says:
    January 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

    By doing cervical exercise . cervical c5-c6 disc bulging is treated completely

    • Dr Ken Nakamura says:
      January 30, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thanks for your question Kamiesh. Do you mean that you are completely better after doing the exercises in this article. If that is that case than congratulations. If that is not the case than let me know.

      Hope you are feeling great and your disc bulge is doing well.

  • Angela says:
    November 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

    This was very interesting. I had discovered on my own how tender and sore BG20 were (although I didn’t know what the spots were called), and how when I pressed them through the deep pain it would offer some relief for my headaches. I was curious about why this was so, and through google came across your site. I’m very pleased to have additional exercises to do to relieve stress and headache symptoms. Thank you.

    • Dr Ken Nakamura says:
      November 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for your great comment Angela. If you are like most people and sit a lot or are stressed or a bit of both, than these are great exercises for your headaches.

      Happy that the exercises helped your headaches.

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