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5 Simple Stretches To Relieve Your Headaches
Chin Tuck Stretch
Gently bend your head forwards with one hand whilst guiding your chin towards your chest with the other until you start to feel a stretch at the back of the neck. Hold this position for 30 seconds and repeat a few times
Cervical Extensor Stretch
To further stretch these tight muscles at base of the skull, with the head bent forwards, turn the head about 20-30 degrees to one side.
If you turned to the left, then use the right hand to gently tilt the head forwards. You should have your hand hold the base of your skull whilst doing this stretch, to feel the stretch underneath your fingers.
Hold for 5-10 seconds only, then turn the head 20-30 degrees to the right, then use the left hand to stretch the other side. Repeat 5 times each side
Lateral Flexion Stretch
Sitting on your left hand, take your right hand over your head to hold your left ear, then gently pull your head to the right – you should feel a stretch down the left side of your neck towards the shoulder.
Hold for 20-30 seconds, then repeat on the other side. Repeat 3 times each side
Turn your head to the left to look over your shoulder as far as possible.
Hold for 2-3 seconds, then turn to the right and hold as well. Repeat 10 times each way.
This allows the little joints on the side of the neck to help slide on each other.
To finish off your stretching session, gently roll both your shoulders forwards 5 times, then roll them backwards 5 times.
This will allow the muscles that you have been stretching to help loosen up as well
Try to perform these stretches regularly if you are prone to headaches to help prevent them coming on.
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