Tension headaches are the worst and can cripple you with pain. If you suffer from these types of headaches, there are some stretches you can do to help cut down the pounding pain.
Nothing can ruin your daily plans quicker than a killer headache. It is, unfortunately, a symptom many people suffer from and do not know how to stop. According to Men's Health, a tension headache can be caused by a few different factors including fatigue, stress, muscle tension, and many more stimulators. Bad posture can often cause these types of problems, so make sure you are checking your posture throughout the day.
What most people don't realize is some stretches can be done to relieve the intense pain. Upper trapezius stretch is one of the best moves to cut down a tension headache. It is straightforward and feels great. Place your right hand on the right side of your skull, with your arm covering the top of your head. Gently push your head down to the left, stretching out the right side of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the left side.
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You can often relieve neck pain by stretching the upper trap (or upper trapezius). Here's a real-time stretch that may help. https://t.co/qa0ptuS8zi— Ask Doctor Jo (@AskDoctorJo) September 9, 2018
It might sound crazy but doing a pec stretch will help with headache pain. Lay down on a foam roller, or another piece of equipment that will slightly elevate your head and lower back. Place both your arms out in a T shape with your hands lightly touching the floor. Hold that position for 30 seconds. Next pull your arms up in the arm then place them behind you in a W shape and hold for 30 seconds.
Suboccipital stretch will help soothe the muscles that are at the base of your skull. You can do this by using a foam roller at the base of your neck and rolling it around. The stretch can also be done by sitting straight up and tucking your chin to your chest gently. Also, sometimes just doing a couple of neck circles to stretch out your neck can help these muscles.
Taking medicine is not the only way to get rid of that nasty tension headache. The next time the pounding pain is too much for you try one of these stretches.