Did you know the most common type of headache doesn’t start in your head?

Most of us will experience a headache from time to time, with 80% being affected by the most common tension type headache. A tension type headache generally feels like a band of pain wrapped around your forehead, which you may think is caused by sitting in front of the computer for too long, not eating enough or being tired.

What could be causing my headache?

When you experience a headache you may think your brain or forehead has something to do with it. However, we know that this might not be the case. In fact, the cause of the pain could actually be strained muscles in your neck and head.

How can strained muscles in my head or neck give me a headache?

When muscles in your head or neck become tight and strained they can develop tender knots, which send pain signals to your brain. It is these pain signals that generally feel like a tight band of pressure around your head, giving you a headache. With more than 30 different muscles in your head and neck, there’s a lot of potential for a sore head!

3 ways you can manage headache pain

Stress relief:

our lives can often be busy and stressful, but using relaxation techniques, such as meditation or simple breathing techniques can often help to reduce stress and ease muscle tension. Maintaining a good work-life balance can also help, so make time to catch up with friends or have a quick nap to help bring stress levels back to normal.

Pain-relief medication:

over the counter painkillers can help stop a headache from slowing down your day. Nurofen Express offers fast pain relief at the source of your headache. It works by helping to stop the production of substances that cause the pain in tender muscle knots. Nurofen Express starts to get to work twice as fast as standard ibuprofen* and it provides faster relief from headaches than paracetamol**.


when you get a niggling headache, try gently massaging your neck and head to help soothe and relax the muscles.

*refers to absorption
**400mg dose of ibuprofen compared to 1000mg dose of paracetamol
Nurofen Express 200mg Liquid Capsules. Nurofen Express 400mg Liquid Capsules. Contains ibuprofen
Nurofen Express 256mg Tablets. Nurofen Express 256mg Caplets. Contains sodium ibuprofen
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Nurofen Express 200mg Liquid Capsules

Nurofen Express works faster than standard ibuprofen and paracetamol* to target the cause of most headaches: the strained muscles in your head and neck. Nurofen Express 200mg Liquid Capsules are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, helping to give you fast, effective relief from pain and inflammation associated with, for example, headaches, back pain, period pain, and muscle pain.

Dosage Guidelines:

Take with water.

  • Adults and children from 12 years: Take 1 or 2 capsules with water, every 4 to 6 hours up to three times a day as necessary (maximum 6 capsules in 24 hours).
  • Do not give Nurofen Liquid Capsules to children under 12 years. Nurofen for Children products are available for children from 3 months (and weighing over 5 kg) to 12 years.
  • For detailed dosing instructions please refer to the product leaflet.