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Headache Relief Exercises and Tension-relieving tips

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Headache Relief Exercises and Tension-relieving tips

Many of us are trying to avoid or reduce the most common headache treatment: over-the-counter or prescription pain pills. Though these pills may be effective, they also can cause side-effects and, in some cases, may cause headaches over time (1). One tactic used to reduce head pain without reaching for a pill is tension-reduction exercises.

Below we will review four exercises that can be used to essentially get the neck limber and relieve its tightness (2). Tension relief focused on the neck will often greatly reduce symptoms experienced in the head, because the neck is such an important conduit for the nervous and circulatory systems. Once we cover the exercises, we will look at how MiRx Protocol™ incorporates biomechanical therapy into a headache treatment plan.

Headache relief: 4 Exercises

Here are a number of exercises that can help to loosen the musculature of the neck and surrounding area. Performing these exercises in the morning and evening – or at least once headaches strike – will help you experience tension relief so that headaches are less recurrent and less painful.

Headache exercises

  1. Ergonomic stance – Sit on the ground, with your head and arms against a wall, for 20 minutes. Propping yourself up against the wall rather than relying on your skeleton and muscles for support will help to train your body into a more ergonomic position, reducing tension and nerve impingement.
  2. Tucking the chin – Lie down on your back on the ground. Place a tightly rolled towel beneath your neck. While keeping your head and neck from rising, bring your chin toward your chest. Do 10 reps of 10 seconds apiece. Pain may increase while performing this exercise. The result, though, should be tension reduction.
  3. Sliding the arms – Stand against a wall. Extend each of your arms straight out to your sides. Slowly slide each of them upwards until they are extended over your head. Do 10 reps. If you can't complete the exercise, try to at least extend your arms in the initial position.
  4. Rocking on knees – This exercise is a little difficult to perform correctly the first time you try. You want to start on your hands and knees, gradually moving your buttocks down to me with your heels. As your arms extend backwards, you should eventually feel a stretch in your neck. Do 10 reps of 10 seconds apiece.

Headache relief: MiRx Protocol

MiRx Protocol™ takes body tension and alignment very seriously. We understand the need for immediate relief of pain, so we provide that with our nasal applicator. However, we also wants our patients to receive long-term solutions to their head pain. That becomes possible with biomechanical therapy – such as exercise, stretching, and massage, incorporated with lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor about MiRx, or talk to one of our authorized nationwide practices today. Find A Provider.



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The MiRx™ Protocol is made up of two parts that first stops the reaction of the nervous system, the medical component; then treats and rehabilitates.

The MiRx™ Protocol is made up of two parts that first stops the reaction of the nervous system, the medical component; then treats and rehabilitates.