04 Jul Exercises for cervicogenic headache- Part 1
This is my favourite exercise that you can do at home to help relieve muscular tension at the top of your neck that may be contributing to your headache (see earlier post here).
Laying on your back, place the edge of a foam yoga block under your neck at the base of your head. Gently push into the edge and slowly turn your head side to side. This should feel like a massage to these muscles. The more you push in, the more intense it can be, so I recommend starting very gently.
Repeat this 8-10 times each side, repositioning the edge as needed. If it gives you any other symptoms like dizziness or blurred vision, stop doing it and make sure you follow up with your Physio or GP.
If you don’t have a yoga block you can try using a thick text book with a towel over the edge (but yoga blocks are relatively cheap to buy).
Next blog post I’ll share another exercise that can help these type of headaches.
If you haven’t had the cause of your headache diagnosed, I recommend first seeing a physio for an assessment as a physio can help to work out if your headache is likely related to your neck, or refer you to a doctor when necessary. To find a physio in your area of Australia or New Zealand click here.