Do headaches prevent you from focusing?
By Claudine LaRochelle-ReischlLe Refuge Yoga, Mississauga
Have you ever found yourself at work, staring at the computer and unable to focus because of a headache?
If you feel pain on both the left and right sides of your head, gradually spreading down to the neck region, or if it feels as if the pain is originating from the neck region, you are probably suffering from a tension headache.
By far the most common form of headache, tension headaches are usually triggered by stress-related habits, such as poor posture, fatigue, and yes… being hunched over your desk staring at a computer. This poor posture can create a constant contraction of the muscles of the neck, upper back, and shoulders leading to a tension headache.
Here are a few tricks to help fight that neck-shoulder-back tension:
Try rubbing your hands together until you feel the heat, and place the palms over the eyes. Breathe deeply and invite the eyes to soften and relax.
Sit at the edge of your chair, back straight and palms resting on your thighs. Inhale deeply and drop your right ear toward the right shoulder and hold the pose for a few seconds. Next, exhale slowly and roll your chin to your chest and hold there for a few seconds. From center, inhale deeply and drop your left ear to your left shoulder, again hold for a few seconds. Finally, exhale slowly and bring your head back up to center.
Reverse this sequence, starting on the left side.
Place your fingers on your shoulders and fully rotate both elbows at the same time in large circles. Inhale during the upward motion, and exhale during the downward motion. Repeat five times, and then rotate the other way.
Before you know it, you will feel your headache melt away.
Happy yoga practice!