A lot of times when dealing with a client that suffers from chronic migraines I notice the same things over and over again; stiff neck muscles, restricted connective tissue through the scalp and lots of pressure behind the eyes. Like most of the time, I follow the writer guidelines whenever I recommend something, and following the same, here are some tips for self-care:
- Keeps those neck muscles loosened up, going through your full range of motion and applying slight force to the head while doing so may help relieve tension throughout the upper body
- Simple cold application, an ice pack over the eyes can do a lot for the tension behind the eyes I mentioned above. Don’t have an ice pack? Dampen a face cloth and throw it in the freezer for an hour, now you have a cheap quick ice pack that doesn’t take long to refreeze.
- Watch the bright lights, try turning off the harsh electric lighting in whatever room you’re in and don’t strain when you’re already in pain.
- Work that scalp! A lot of tension-based headaches have their roots in restricted connective tissue throughout the scalp, using your fingers or even a large hairbrush and massage in circular motions to relieve pressure, just remember you may look a little like a mad scientist when you’re done.
- Don’t forget the jaw! If you suffer from TMJ then I don’t have to tell you that you probably also suffer from a lot of headaches yourself, there are many ways to relieve pressure throughout your jaw but here are some of the best techniques. Try digging right into the big jaw muscle that makes up the meat of your cheek, the “Masseter”(mah-set-er) and along the bottom of the jaw line along your “suprahyoid”( sue-prah-hi-oid). If these muscles are tense the application of force will be an unpleasant sensation but I’ve seen the look on people’s faces at the end of a treatment when they get up and the pressure has been relieved, in many cases the individual didn’t even realize they were tight through their jaw because they’ve grown so accustomed to the tension.
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