The aim of this exercise is to gently stretch the tight muscles in your neck and reduce the inflammation in the joints. These are the source of the headache.
To gently stretch the muscles in your neck, drop your chin to your chest and place both hands onto your head with your fingers interlaced. Let your elbows drop and your arms and shoulders droop so the weight of your arms is hanging on your head. Don’t pull. Relax. You will feel the tension in the muscles in the back of your neck. Count steadily to 30 as you allow your head to drop to your chest. Then remove your hands from your head. The headache should be easier. Repeat as often as you like, but always very gently. And only apply as much pressure as is comfortable.
To reduce inflammation in the joints in your neck, wrap a cold pack (a bag of frozen peas works well) in a couple of tea towels and place it on the back of your neck for just 5 minutes out of each hour. Keep repeating this. If the cold pack is too cold, wrap another tea towel around it. This will help. Don’t use heat. If you are taking medication for the headache, it will be an anti-inflammatory drug – to cool things down. If you use the medication with heat, you will be cancelling one out with the other! Use a cold pack to enhance the effect of the medication.
If you have tried resting it but the pain comes back again as soon as you push it, come in and see us.
When you come in to see your Chiropractic they will gently relieve your headache so you can get on with your life, sleep nights, wake up fresh and able to concentrate (so you don’t get behind with things), reduce stress and generally put a smile on your face.
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