Neck Pain and Headaches

I had a killer headache over the weekend.  It started on Saturday and I woke again with it on Sunday.  I’m not a fan of taking pills like aspirin or ibuprofen so I tried just living with it.  Unfortunately, I had things I needed to get done and couldn’t take it anymore.  I was mentioning my headache to a friend in a text and he let me know that another one of his friends is a chiropractor and had given him some things to do for his headaches.  He gave me a few simple stretches to do and my headache was mostly gone after about fifteen minutes.

I never really considered that I needed to stretch my neck to get rid of my headache, but that’s what all the stretches were for.  I guess it makes sense since my neck was tight, but I didn’t realize that my neck could cause my headaches.  The stretches were just tucking my chin to my chest and using my hands to pull down lightly.  Then it was stretching straight over and moving the ears toward the shoulders and again using the arm to pull a little bit.  I held each stretch for 20-30 seconds, then rested for a minute and did it again.  It worked like a charm.  My next stop will be to visit the chiropractor!