Friday, November 11, 2011

Treatment for Migranes

According to ihateheadaches.org, an online resource and physician database, approximately 45 million Americans, or one in every six, complain of headaches each year. Additionally, a study conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) found that sufferers of migraines were shown to miss a collective 157 million workdays throughout one year.  That's a lot of sick days, and I've helped contribute my fair share to this staggering number. 

While there are many triggers of headaches and migraines, most sufferers are simply concerned with finding a solution to the never-ending pain.  Dahn Yoga, an integrated mind-body training method, has developed several exercises to help alleviate the discomfort.  Below is one of the exercises/techniques, several of which include acupressure, a practice I've implemented for many years to help keep my migraines in check.
Try the following technique to help alleviate stress and tension:

Neck Massage
1.      Rub palms together quickly to create heat. Lower head, and use fingertips and palms to slowly squeeze and massage the back of neck until the area has become warm and relaxed.
2.    Roll head clockwise to the right and around to the left very slowly in a circular motion. Repeat in a counterclockwise circular motion.
3.    Cross left arm over chest and place hand on the trapezius muscle on the right side of upper back.  Massage it slowly with fingertips.  Then move hand down shoulder and arm, slowly massaging along the way.  Repeat on the other side.

The Trapezius muscle is a wide and flat muscle, shaped like a triangle, which covers the upper an back part of the neck and shoulders. It helps with shoulder elevation and scapular retraction.

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