Tension headaches—when you feel discomfort or pain in the head, scalp, or neck—feel downright terrible. One of the most common types of headaches, they’re usually associated with muscle tightness… which, on the bright side, means that they can often be prevented with an easy stretching exercise.
Cynthia Vaughn, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association and a chiropractor in Austin, Texas suggests the following: Look forward and place your right hand on the upper-left-hand side of your head. Gently pull your head down and toward the right, as if you’re trying to make your right ear touch your shoulder. (Go only as far as feels comfortable, and don’t jerk your neck.) Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side. Do this several times throughout the day to keep the muscles limber and to reduce the chance that stiff muscles will lead to a tension headache.
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