With any condition, home care is an important part of the treatment and recovery process. Minor modifications made at work, whether that’s adjusting the height of a monitor, positioning of the keyboard, using a chair with good back support, or getting up to walk a few minutes each hour will also go a long way. In the case of cervicogenic headaches, stretching out the tight muscles and strengthening the weak/underused muscles is the best way to tackle the issue
It’s important to stretch out the tight, overactive muscles first before progressing to strengthening and stabilization exercises. This is because if strengthening exercises are incorporated before the tight muscles have time to relax, guess what, the tight muscles are still going to be tight! The body will compensate by using those same tight muscles to perform the exercises instead of activating the weak ones the exercises are intended to target!
So.. stretch out the tight, then strengthen the weak and don’t forget about the breathing!Social tagging: cervical > cervicogenic > headaches > neckpain > prevention > tension