Headaches affect most people at some time in their life and the causes range from hormonal and stress to postural and traumatic causes. All types have a knock on effect on the muscles of your shoulders and neck.
Of particular interest in this is the Suboccipital Muscles that connect the base of the skull to the upper neck. They are prone to getting chronically tight in response to headache pain as they try to keep the head and neck stable. The problem is this only exacerbates the headache by pulling on the scalp and reducing blood flow around the muscles of the upper neck.
This video shows an easy release for these muscles that can be done anywhere so try it today and get friends and family who get bogged down by headaches to try as well – you’ll be amazed at the immediate results you can have if these muscles are tight!
For other stretches for your quads or hamstrings please see our YouTube Channel here.
Foam rolling is painful at the best of times, but if you have been rolling your ITB you are a glutton for punishment with no benefit to you! The ITB is not a muscle so won’t respond to deep massage, what you need is to loosen the muscles that influence it, namely the TFL, Quads and Hamstrings.
This single stretch for your TFL is easy for anyone to do and takes half the time of foam rolling which I call a double win. For other stretches for your quads or hamstrings please see our YouTube Channel here.
Your lower rib cage and middle back can take a lot of load which over time can lead to aches and pains which are hard to shift.
Here is a single stretch which can be done seated, standing or even on the move so really no excuse not to be able to try it. Who knows, your back might even thank you for it!
Sitting is a sad reality of modern life. So if we can’t reduce the amount we sit for whatever reason, we can try and do somethings to counteract the effects.
This single hip stretch can open out the hips, stretch the quadriceps muscles and prevent that joint restriction and muscle tension from causing more problems above in your back or below in your knees.
Bags are functional, beautiful, essential, but also sometimes painful?
Carried incorrectly a bag of any size or shape can cause you pain – in your neck, shoulders and back mainly. Your muscles have to work too hard and your joints start to ache.
However, it is possible to follow just three simple guidelines when carrying a bag to prevent this pain and allow you to carry the bag of your choice whenever you like! Hurrah!