If you’ve been suffering from chronic headaches then you know how devastating they can be on your life. Missed work, skipping the gym, and lost time with your family. At Onward Charlotte, Dr Jordan Berry specializes in helping individuals suffering from headaches get their life back. Here are some of his favorite headache relief exercises.
Up first we’re going to get after decreasing muscle tension in the sub occipital muscles. These are the muscles just under the base of your skull. When stiff they can increase tension in the neck and put pressure on the nerves that create cervicogenic headaches (headaches originating from the neck).
In addition to decreasing suboccipital muscle tension we also want to stretch these muscles out from longer term improvement. Neck retractions are a great starting point to improve the mobility in these muscles.
If we need to get a more aggressive at improving range of motion in the neck joints for headache relief we can perform Cervical SNAGs. This exercise uses a belt to help increase the stretch on joints further.
The upper back (aka thoracic spine) is also incredibly important in headache relief. When stiff, the upper back places more stress on the neck and can contribute to the frequency and intensity of headaches. Foam roller thoracic extensions are a great starting point.
Ready to get serious about getting rid of your chronic headaches? Schedule an appointment with Dr Jordan Berry today.