How to Get Rid of a Tension Headache QUICKLY!

How to Get Rid of a Tension Headache QUICKLY!

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In this video, I’m going to show the
easiest and best ways to get rid of a tension headache instantly. Hey everyone,
Dr. Rowe here at SpineCare in St. Joseph, Michigan. Daily tension, stress, and just
plain everyday life can definitely make it a struggle with headaches. Tension
headaches usually start on the side of the neck and then travel over to the
side of the head. If bad enough, they can even be felt into the eyes. A common
cause of headaches and neck pain are the suboccipital muscles, which are located
at the base of the skull, think where the neck meets the back of
the head. These muscles help stabilize the head on the neck, like a ball on a
stick and perform movements like bending and turning the head. If these muscles
become strained from too much forward leaning, like from using cell phones,
computers, sitting at the desk, driving, etc., they can become painful and
tight, leading to tension headaches. What I’m going to show are three
exercises that will help reduce the strain and tension in these muscles and
get rid of neck pain and tension headaches for instant relief. Let’s get
started. So with our first tension headache exercise, it can be done
anywhere. You can do it in a chair, you can do it standing, it doesn’t use any
equipment. The first part, we’re just going to focus on getting those
suboccipital muscles to relax with a very easy movement. So this is what we’re
going to do. We’re gonna take two fingers and we’re gonna place them on the chin.
What we want is a nice neutral position, so very good upright posture. Keep the
chin parallel with the floor. From there, we’re going to press back as far as
we’re able to go, and you’re already going to start to feel a stretch into
the back of the neck. From there, we’re going to take the chin and move it
towards the ceiling. We want to bring the head backwards into extension, and
you’re really going to start to feel a stretch on the base of the skull (right
there), those suboccipital muscles. Again, what we’re doing is we’re taking
the chin, we’re driving that backwards until as far as we feel comfortable with,
and then we’re taking the chin up towards the ceiling. Hold that for about
five to ten seconds, relax, and then repeat it for about three to five times or
until you feel that headache slowly start to go away. So with the second
exercise, we’re gonna take it to the next level by incorporating a self massage
into those suboccipital muscles. How we’re going to do this, we’re going to
take two fingers and make hooks with them, and then go back to the base of the
skull where those suboccipital muscles are and then with good upright posture,
so chin parallel with the floor, drive your head backwards into your fingers to
build some pressure in there, and then start to just slowly do a circular
motion for a good massage. Again, only go to your comfort level. Don’t try to press
into it too hard and cause more of a headache. So with this one I’d like to do
it for about five to ten seconds and then what I’m going to do (while keeping
that pressure there) is slowly start to take the chin up towards the ceiling,
very similar to that first exercise, and just keep massaging in there, and then do
that for another ten to fifteen seconds. Relax, and then just keep repeating the
process until you feel that tension headache slowly start to go away. So for
the third exercise, we can do this one laying down. We’re going to use a piece
of equipment called a peanut. It looks like a peanut shaped massage ball, so it has a little bit of spikes on it. I got this for about five bucks at a local store. So
what we’re going to do with the peanut is place them over the suboccipital
muscles, and then just slowly bring our head backwards. Get a very good stretch
in there. It should almost feel like your curve is being put back into the neck.
With this one, you can hold for several minutes. If you have a headache and you
just want a very good stretch to help with pain relief, just lie backwards onto
it. It feels really good, and then if you do feel like you need a little bit more
into the suboccipital muscles you can do this next step. We’re going to take our
chin and we’re going to retract it towards the chest, so the chin goes
towards the chest as far as we’re able to go. With this one, you should
definitely have a nice double chin going if you’re doing it correctly. Then
from there, we’re going to take our arms and then move them overhead, so just like
this. When you do that exercise, you’re
gonna start to feel the ball roll a little bit on those suboccipital muscles,
putting a little bit more pressure in there to help relieve that tension. So
again, what I’m doing is just taking the arms overhead and then just repeating
that process until you feel that tension start to go away. Give it a try. If you
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