Monday, December 6, 2010
If you suffer from tension headaches and migraines, you are likely aware that they can be exacerbated by tense and stiff muscles. One of the major muscle groups that can contribute to this problem are overworked suboccipitals. These are postural muscles at the base of the skull, which means that they control fine head movements and basically hold your head in the proper position on top of your neck! Because of this, they can be adversely affected by poor posture.
The good news is that the suboccipitals are one of the areas that most clients absolutely LOVE to have treated! Regular massage therapy treatments, including trigger point release, CranioSacral techniques, and other myofascial release techniques will assist in relaxing your suboccipital muscles. Mindfulness of your posture throughout the day is also critical. This can be achieved by regularly doing a gentle chin tuck while lifting your heart and allowing your shoulder blades to slide down your back. (See picture) This exercise will also gently strengthen the deep muscles on the front of your neck. Gentle stretching can be done to release this area as well:
1.) Sit with good posture
2.) Tuck your chin down into your neck
3.) Find the 2 bumps on the back of your head and touch them with your fingers
4.) Push at that spot up towards the ceiling
5.) Hold for 30 seconds
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