Neck pain can be simply unbearable at times. It makes it difficult to sleep, walk, sit and do just about anything comfortably. I know this because I had dealt with it for nearly two years before I found any relief. It was not until I began going to a chiropractor that I found that life did not have to be so painful. The chiropractor made regular adjustments each week and helped me learn what I could do to make myself more comfortable. I have included everything that my chiropractor taught me on my website to help others going through the same struggles as I did.
If you seem to get headaches on a regular basis, you need a more proactive solution than just taking Advil or Tylenol every time your head hurts. You need to take actions that will help prevent you from getting headaches in the first place.
#1 Visit a Chiropractor
If you get regular headaches, see if your insurance covers visits to the chiropractor. A chiropractor can evaluate the overall health of your spine, and provide you with specific tips and advice for managing your headaches. A chiropractor can also work to adjust your spine so that it is aligned correctly, which should also help with your headaches.
#2 Get a Professional Massage
Additionally, try to schedule at least one to two professional massages per month. A professional massage can help address all the muscular-based tension in your body. A licensed massage therapist can help work out and relieve the tension in your head, neck, and body that could be contributing to your headaches.
Constant headaches can also be stress related. Massage therapy is one method you can use to help relieve the physical stress that you carry in your body.
#3 Change How You Sleep
The way that you sleep can impact if you get headaches. Try sleeping on your back with a supportive pillow. If you are a side sleeper, try sleeping with a body pillow so that you can keep your spine aligned as you sleep. Relaxing your neck when you sleep can help reduce the number of headaches that you get during the day.
#4 Stretch Out Every Day
The tension in your neck and shoulders often contributes to headaches. One way to combat that tension is by stretching out every day. Stretching out your neck is easy. You can do these stretches anywhere.
Start by straightening your back and positioning your head so that it aligns with your shoulders. Then, bring your chin down towards your chest and hold for thirty seconds, and slowly lift your head back up. Next, tilt your chin up to the ceiling, holding for fifteen seconds, and bring your head back so that it is straight. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.
You can also stretch your neck side to side. Once again, straight with a straight back and your head over your shoulders. Turn your head to the left until you feel a slight stretch, then hold for about thirty seconds, and bring your head forward. Repeat with the other side.
Even a simple shoulder roll can help reduce the tension in your neck and shoulders, which is where a lot of the physical stress that causes headaches comes from.
If you get frequent headaches, start to work with a chiropractor, such as at Progressive Chiropractic. Change how you sleep and make sure your neck is fully supported. Stretch your neck out throughout the day.
These suggestions are just a starting point to help you deal and manage your headaches. Work together with all of your medical professionals to help figure out how to manage and minimize your headaches.