There are many types of headaches and sooner or later everyone will experience this unpleasant sensation. These are pains that can be deaf, pulsating, localized, diffuse, mild or extremely strong. Some last a few minutes, others last days and can be really troublesome. One of the causes could be muscle tension.
The headache is classified as migraine, headache or due to tension. Migraines may be due to tension, but the pain is concentrated only on one side of the head. A great part of the headaches originates from muscular tension, caused in turn, often, from the stress.
Headache and stress muscle tension
Emotions have an immediate effect on the body. A negative experience expands and also reaches the body level. When we experience the stress of any kind we automatically contract certain muscle groups. Once this sensation disappears the muscles relax.
The muscles that contract the most are those of the jaw, eyes, mouth, neck, and shoulders. These are reflex contractions that occur to protect and are not harmful in themselves: the problem arises when stress is prolonged and becomes chronic.
When this occurs, the muscles instead of relaxing remain in a state of permanent tension. This tension causes a decrease in blood flow to the area that will suffer from pain.
In this way chronic pains are contractures and consequently long-lasting headaches. Some disappear with analgesics, but others can be really difficult to eliminate.
Muscle tension headache movements
To relieve headaches due to muscle tension, a relaxing massage can be very helpful. For example, it has been proven that neck, head and spine massage relieves tension-to-skull pain.
Doing a little exercise every so often, for a few minutes, can be very useful. These exercises can be done at home, at any time and are very simple. In fact, they do not require much space or particular objects. These are stretching exercises that help relieve headaches.
Neck and shoulder exercises
This exercise can be done sitting or standing. The important thing is to be relaxed and with straight shoulders. You have to move your neck and then your shoulders forward and back for about 30 seconds. This movement improves the elasticity of contracted tissues and relieves muscle tension.
Head and chin movements
Just like the exercise before, this can also be done standing or sitting. However, it is always necessary to have straight shoulders. To do this exercise, you must tilt your head towards your chest and slowly tilt your chin towards your right shoulder. This posture should be maintained for about 30 seconds.
With this movement, you will feel a strong tension on the left side of the neck and the upper part of the left shoulder. Next, do this movement on the other side. The ideal is to repeat this exercise at least three times per side.
Stand up straight with your shoulders, pull your right hand with your left hand so that your right wrist flexes backward for 30 seconds. Change hands. We advise you to do this exercise three times per hand.
Exercises for the head
Standing, with straight shoulders, move the flathead to the right and left for 30 seconds. Next, do the same back and forth for another 30 seconds. Then, tilt the head bringing the ear towards the shoulder, first one then the other, for another 30 seconds.
Finally, make a complete rotation of the head, forming a circle, for another 30 seconds. Afterward, perform the same movement on the other side. Make complete rotations from one side to the other.