Relieve Tension Headaches using a Foam Roller

Relieve Tension Headaches using a Foam Roller

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– Hi, this is Dr. Dukes with Body in Motion here
in Denver, Colorado. We’re gonna talk about the connection with the mid back and how
it can cause headaches and stuff now. So, ultimately, we can have
a lot of problems from here translate up to cause tension headaches. They can cause limited rotation
and mobility in the neck. So conditions that we commonly treat would be scypodisc kinesis, torticollis, tension headaches, migraines, all of it can kinda stem
from the thorax a little bit. A lot of it has to do with
how the shoulder blade moves along the ribs. So what we’re gonna go
over is a quick assessment that quickly turns into a treatment. So as I have her roll her arms
up to foam roll up the wall, I’m assessing whether or
not the spine can handle it, also looking at if the low
back’s doing everything. So have her do a couple reps. We start to see that there’s
very little movement here, shoulder blades move a little bit, but then they don’t go out too far. And, you know, she stays
relatively quiet here, so low back and abs are engaged, but we’re just getting no movement here. So now I can give her a couple cues. I can have her push her back
into my hand right here, and kinda round like an angry cat, so we wanna see a little bit
of movement between my fingers. So go ahead and do that again for me. So as she goes in, we don’t
want her head to go forward, but we just wanna see a little
bit of movement here, right. So it’s subtle but she
does it a little bit. But what that also creates is that she pushes into my hand
here, the shoulder blades– Go ahead and do it again. The shoulder blades start
to go out a little bit more. These are all really good things. We wanna have the shoulder
blades roll around the rib cage. And then we also want the back to round and increase that kyphosis
just a little bit. So this is one way that I, you know, will usually use this as a treatment tool. I’ll guide the scapula, or give them cues, but then that also becomes the homework for the patient to do on their own.

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