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Tension Headaches

Tension Headaches

Headaches affect over 75% of the population. Often they are a direct result of the different stresses we place on our body throughout the day such as sitting at our computer, using our cellphones, commuting to our jobs and even while exercising. Tension headaches are the most common form of headache and can be easily resolved with the right stretches and releases. By addressing the tightness and restriction at the muscles that are often involved with tension headaches you can regain proper postural alignment and alleviate the symptoms associated with tension headaches.

Fast Facts Tension Headache

  • The most common type of headache
  • Typically presents as a steady ache, rather than throbbing affecting one or both sides of the head
  • Less severe then a migraine and will not worsen by light, sound or smells
  • Can be caused by lack of sleep, poor postural habits, tightness into the neck or shoulders or stress
  • Frequent muscles involved in creating tension headache include the upper trapezius, levator scapulae and the suboccipital

Try these stretches and releases for tension headache relief:

  • Upper Trap Stretch: sitting up nice and tall, bring your right ear to your right shoulder. Place your right hand on your head and gently pull the ear closer to the shoulder. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and perform 3 sets. Repeat to both sides.

  • Levator Scapulae Stretch: sitting up nice and tall, bring your nose to your right armpit region. Place your right hand on your head and gently pull the head closer to the armpit region. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and perform 3 sets. Repeat to both sides.

Kaitlin Iversen

Prior to joining the React team, Kaitlin spent 3 years treating a variety of orthopedic injuries of all age groups. Joining the React team allows her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of professionals who continuously strive to maintain an adaptive and creative approach within the clinical setting.

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