There are different areas that you can self massage to release tension and headaches. Different areas of the body can release headaches and neck pain by simply rubbing, pressing or massaging on. Most people don’t realize that you can do self massage to assist you to heal and feel better.
When you have a headache try the following techniques:
With the other hand, grab with the index finger and thumb to the spot on the other hand between the index finger and thumb. Hold tightly. You probably feel tightness, hardness or soreness there. Hold until you feel it release; softness, no more soreness or tight feeling. Then do the other hand. This technique is part of acupuncture/acupressure. It is the large intestine meridian that deals with headaches.
Also, on the feet between the big toe and second toe is also the same spot. This relates to reflexology.
With your pincher fingers; index finger and thumb, grab your eyebrows. By pinching, not hard, this area and working the eyebrow line will release and ease the headache.
When you have tightness in the neck and upper back/shoulder area:
The base of the skull called the occipital ridge. A muscle attaches there called the levator scapula which is nicknamed the headache muscle. It attaches and inserts from the occipital ridge to the scapula to the spine. When this is in a spasm or gets tight most people will get headaches, tightness in the neck, shoulders and upper back. To keep this area released you can do this daily to release this muscle. With your fingers massage across the base of the skull. You can use your thumbs or fingers and move them back and forth across this area. Making small circular movements also works great. About a minute a day or more and that is all it takes.
Also, by holding on to the scm - sternocleidomastoid at the trigger point spots.
Headaches in the front of the head, as well as accompanying facial pain, are usually from the SCM. This muscle can also refer pain to the sinuses, the teeth, and the tongue. SCM Trigger Points can affect the inner ear, causing balance problems such as dizziness, fainting, staggering, or even falling. There can also be hearing loss and ear pain.
SCM Trigger Points when they need therapy, can cause eye problems such as drooping eyelids, watery eyes, and reddening. Although the SCM muscles are located toward the front of the neck, this is rarely where the pain is felt. Trigger Points in the SCM mainly refer pain into the head, the jaw, and the sternum.
The following pictures shows areas of the trigger point to hold with your thumb or finger and pressing into these areas until a releasement is felt. The releasement will feel softer, less hard and no soreness after it is done.
Sit on chair. Grasp seat of chair with right hand. Place left hand on head and gently pull head toward the left shoulder. Maintain pressure and turn head to the right, until a stretch is felt. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat for other side. Repeat cycle three times, at least three times daily.
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Releasing stress and tension areas on your body for yourself