3 Stretches for Tension Headaches

It’s 3 pm and my head is starting to hurt. I’ve been looking at my laptop far too long and even with consistent posture checks, I’m finding my neck and shoulders are starting to get tight. My concentration is starting to wane and my productivity is approaching nil.


Have you experienced this? 


Tension headaches usually come when the muscles of your neck, shoulders, and scalp get tight. Luckily we can release these muscles with a few simple stretches.  Let’s take a quick stretch break and get you back to feeling and performing at your best.


To get started we are going to use a wall for one of these moves so find the appropriate place in your home or office.


Ear to Shoulder Stretch

Reach your hand over your head just above your opposite ear. Gently pull your head to the side bringing your ear close to your shoulder. You should feel this on the lengthening side of your neck. To increase your stretch, reach your opposite palm to the floor.

Hold for 30-60 seconds before switching sides.


Nose to Armpit Stretch

Turn your neck 45 degrees and reach your hand over the top of your head. Gently pull your nose toward your armpit. You should feel this on the back of your neck and upper back. To increase your stretch, reach your opposite hand toward the floor slightly behind you. 

Hold for 30-60 seconds before switching sides.


Biceps Wall Stretch

Standing perpendicular to the wall and place your palm on the wall just above waist height. You should feel a stretch running down your biceps and into your forearm. To increase this stretch turn your head away from the wall and lean slightly forward.

Hold for 30-60 seconds before switching sides.


Take short activity snack breaks during your day to keep your body feeling good and your mind clear. 



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