Relaxation Techniques

Stress is the most likely cause behind tension headaches - the most common type of headache.

We are all surrounded by stressful situations, but there are steps you can take to help prevent that stress from turning into a headache.

Common relaxation techniques include:

-heat therapy, such as applying warm compresses or taking a warm shower -massage -meditation -neck stretching -relaxation exercises

Here are two gentle neck stretches for releasing tension:

Seated Neck Release From a comfortable seated position, gently bend your right ear toward your right shoulder while taking several deep breaths. You can deepen the stretch by applying gentle pressure with your hand to the side of your head. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the left side.

Seated Clasping Neck Stretch From a comfortable seated position, sit up tall and clasp your hands behind the head. Gently push your head down, bringing the chin to the chest. Take several deep breaths and hold for 30 seconds before releasing the stretch.

“No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.” -Deepak Chopra

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