Headache Relief with Neck Exercises
Do you ever wake up feeling tension in your neck and pressure in your head? Do you have a tension headache? Do you feel your head pulsating at the top with your headache? Try these few simple head and neck exercises to get relief for your headache. I have a few massage techniques that will help relieve the headaches.
Tension headaches can be debilitating and can interrupt any work flow or concentration. Tension headaches can come from various stress factors, dehydration and tight head and neck muscles. Neck exercises in general are good to bring blood flow back to your head also loosen up the neck muscles.
When the top of your head hurts and pulsates, pull on your head on top. Grab some hair and squeeze your hand. This should pull your hair away from the scalp. Just hold on for a few seconds. Don’t pull so hard that your hair comes out. Repeat this 10-15 times. Do as many as you want through the time your head is hurting. This will mess up your hair.
Some neck exercises with your jaw to relieve tension are to open your mouth as wide as you can and then close gently. The purpose mainly is to take tension off the sides of your jaw and head. The mastoid muscles can get tight and refer to your head and cause a headache. Open and close 10 times and repeat once an hour.
Other neck exercises to do are the chin tucks. Bring your chin backwards, like closing a drawer. Be sure to avoid clenching your teeth. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 10 times. This will strengthen the back of your neck and you may feel a stretch at the base of your neck.
A massage technique to help with tension headaches is to place your index and middle fingers on your temples. These are on the sides of your head near your eyes and above your cheek bones. Take your fingers press in and back towards your ears. Return back to the start and then press in and go towards the top of your head. Start again at the temples, then press in and then up and back towards of head. Do this 10 times.
After these neck exercises and massage techniques will help reduce your tension headache. If you are at the computer, be sure that your eyes are not straining and look away from the screen every hour. Be sure to drink plenty of water or fluids throughout the day. You can also put ice on the back of your neck to help reduce the neck tension. Other neck exercises and tension relieving techniques will be described at a later time.