Feeling great: Why headaches can be a real pain in the neck

From a pounding head to an agonising pain that leaves you sensitive to light and even feeling sick, headaches are something most people have experienced at some point.

Thursday, 7th September 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:25 pm
Tight and tense neck and shoulders lead to headaches.

But for some, they are a much bigger problem and can even affect everyday life.

I can imagine you would find it hard to believe if I told you that 87% of headaches come from tight and tense muscles in your shoulders and neck.

You’re not alone, as most people don’t realise it’s often nothing to do with the foods we eat at all - but the culprit is often tension that you never even knew existed in your neck in the first place.

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Mainly because you’re just so used to it, or you just brush it to the side thinking a stiff neck just comes as part of the package of getting older.

But if I asked you right now - if you ever find yourself resting your head in an awkward position while watching TV, if you ever lean your head forward when you read before bed, or stick your neck forward when using your phone or computer - I can bet your answer would be ‘yes’.

All of those things cause your muscles in your neck to become tired, which means one thing - lots of tension!

Which is exactly what was going on with my patient Linda. For years she was working an office job where she spent hours each day leaning her neck forward looking at a computer screen.

No wonder that when we helped ease her neck tension, her migraines became a much less regular occurrence!

So what can be done?

Now I know that if your job requires working on a computer you’re not going to be able to suddenly stop looking at one, and I’m not going to tell you to stop reading, or to never watch TV again.

But what I am going to tell you is three things you can start to do today, to help ease neck tension that leads to all sorts of headache.

First, be aware of the position of your neck. If you notice that it is pushed forward, tuck your chin in towards your neck to help straighten it and put it back into the right position.

Secondly, relax in a warm bath. Muscles love to be warm, and warm muscles mean less tension. So run yourself a nice warm bath, lay back and relax.

Thirdly, talk to our team about the special package we have designed especially for migraine and headache sufferers.

It’s something called the Organic Treatment Programme that my physios and acupuncture specialists put together with the perfect combination of massage and hands-on treatment.

And the best part? Not only does it help ease headaches and migraines, it’s also 100% natural, meaning our patients no longer have to reach into the cupboard or their bags for painkillers when the pain strikes - like most of them were once told to do.

So if you find yourself sick of headaches stopping you in your tracks for days, or headaches that appear out of nowhere, feel free to give our Better Health Team a call, they’ll be happy to tell you more about it - 01429 866771.

And in the meantime if you’d like more tips on ways to ease neck tension, READ MY FREE TIPS HERE.