Headaches at the end of the day because of Neck Pain

Headaches at the end of the day because of Neck Pain

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Today I had a patient come in describing a
very common thing that we see. They say, “You know, I get several headaches a week. They
tend to be more intense at the end of the day and they’re more likely to happen towards
the end of the week. And by Thursday, Friday, those are always the worse ones. I’m a little
bit better on Saturday and Sunday when I’m not working and I’m resting. They’re just
not as bad. Monday, I may or may not get a headache. Tuesday, a little bit more likely.
If I do, it’s at the end of the day. But by Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, those headaches
just keep increasing.” That’s a great example of someone who’s just
getting all their headache irritation from the back of his neck, shoulder, and upper
back. Those muscles are fatigued. They’re sore. They’re doing the things that lead into
that cascade of events that gives us headaches. On Monday when you start the week, you’re
rested from the weekend. You get to rest, relax. Those muscles just didn’t have to do
that much. They were recovering a little bit. They go through all full work on Monday where
you’re slouching at the computer, arms forward, muscles are screaming by noon, by 5:00 they’re
fatigued. You don’t get a headache that day but you start Tuesday more tired than you
were on Monday. So by the end of the work day on Tuesday, you’re pretty darn exhausted,
may or may not get the headache. But start the day Wednesday you’re halfway there. It
doesn’t take long before those headaches start to develop. So what we want to do is stop working those
muscles so hard. If you can treat them better on Monday and Tuesday, you’re not going to
have the headache intensity on Thursday and Friday. First ice – 15 minutes on, 15 minutes
off. Some people don’t like to do it in the office but it helps get rid of those headaches.
I’m sure you might change your mind. Second, put a sticky note on your computer
that says “Sit up. Get your posture up.” It does head, neck, and shoulders are backwards
where that center gravity these muscle aren’t working near as hard throughout the day. You’ll
feel so much better by 5:00, 6:00 and that will pay dividends later in the week. Third, keep up with all your treatment, exercises,
and stretches, that deep muscle work to help break up that scar tissue on the neck and
shoulders so that you can get better and get back to your usual days.

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