How To Help Migraine Trigger Due To Tense Back And Neck Muscles
Well, well, well… you too have migraines and are desperate to try ANYTHING to get them to stop or even just to reduce the intensity, I’ve been there! About 5 years ago I had liver failure due to a rare liver disease I was born with and ever since then I have had horrible migraines. As each year went by they became more frequent and more intense (to the point I would cry in pain).
First off, my main reason for getting a migraine is hormonal, however the frequency and intensity is all due to a trigger (tense muscles). I found out it’s actually a common trigger from the Doctor and my physical therapist. Also, I talked to quite a few people about migraines and the thing we all relate to is pain in our back and neck. So what if we were to eliminate the pain in our backs and necks? would we still get migraines? And if we DID still get them would they happen less often and would they become less intense?
I know what migraines feel like and how crippling they can be and I want to share some of the things that help me from my Physical Therapy.
Now, I’m not going to tell you this is your answer to a migraine free life. We are all different! BUT this post is to inform you that Physical Therapy may help you as it did me and that maybe you should talk to your Doctor about starting PT. I never thought of PT when trying to fix my migraine problem so I’m writing to make others aware that ‘hey there’s something out there that works well!’
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Here’s What Helps Me
- Everyday I use heat therapy for 30 minutes while watching a show or reading. Just a regular heating pad will do the trick. Place it on your back and slowly move it towards your neck area to cover as much area as possible (OR just buy a king size XL size heating pad).
- I am in LOVE with my Thera Cane Massager. It’s a self use massager with a ballpoint at the end for pressure points and to rub knots out. It’s in the shape of a cane to reach any spot on your back. I use this religiously. Everyday, multiple times per day as well (especially after heat therapy).
- I do back and neck exercises 3 times a week. One is funny looking called the chin tuck, as you gently push your chin back giving yourself a double chin, back and forth for about 10 times. The other is to lay on your stomach, place a rolled up towel to your forehead so you don’t smash your nose on the ground (yoga mat), then you place your arms beside you and lift them up and hold for 5 seconds, then rest, then lift again and hold for 5 seconds, etc… 10 times 2 reps. The third is to use an elastic band as you sit with good posture and start at the center of your chest and pull outward (leaving elbows tucked into your side.
- Lastly I stretch my neck. I look to one side and lower my chin to my shoulder and hold for 10 seconds, then I switch sides. I repeat as needed.
Below are examples of exercises so you’re not left with ‘Eloise, what the heck are you talking about?’
Exercise two: You can do it with arms out like shown below OR arms close to your body (sides).
Neck Stretch: (is she smelling her armpit?) ~wink~
I want to note: I do not know your health conditions and if you have ANY health concerns please seek professional help. Everything I have shared in this post has helped ME and it may help you as well, but like I said before check with your Doctor first! I wish you relief and happiness.
Take care readers!
photo 1 by: marathontrainingacademy.com
photo chin tuck by: prehabexercises.com
photo laying face down by: i1.wp.com
neck stretch by: torontowomensfitness.files.wordpress.com