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Rolfer™ in Chicago Talks About Headaches

Updated: May 17


Headaches are an unfortunate part of daily life for thousands and thousands of people. Some headaches only happen occasionally, some happen frequently, some are dull and throbbing and others are sharp and intense. Headaches have many different causes, but just about all of them cause some sort of disruption to your life. From a slight inability to concentrate, to lying in a darkened room completely motionless, headaches can have a wide range of effects. Most of the time, a Rolfer™ will help to ease your symptoms and get your life back to normal when a headache strikes.

Common Triggers

Since there are several different types of headaches, it stands to reason that there are several triggers or causes that set them into motion. Some common triggers include dehydration, bright lights, loud noises, certain foods, stress, blood sugar fluctuations, high blood pressure, exposure to chemicals, caffeine, neck tension, or body misalignment. Headaches that are caused by neck tension are some of the most common and are triggered by poor posture, certain repetitive motions, and other physical activities.

Headache Prevention Tips

A Rolfer has the ability to help relieve headaches, but following some proven prevention tips will also allow you to help yourself. Try switching positions every 30 minutes or so, no matter what you are doing or get up and move around a bit. If you must remain in a fixed position, gently stretch your neck every 30 minutes to avoid bringing on a tension headache.

You should avoid clenching your teeth throughout the day. Many people do this unconsciously, but it can lead to headaches, so it is best to become aware of this habit and catch yourself before you clench your jaw . If your exercise routine seems to cause headaches, you might want to switch to something with less impact to see if it makes a difference. Sometimes the jarring effect of jumping and landing through different activities tends to accumulate strain throughout the spinal column, more specifically the neck. Also, it's very common for many people who perform certain exercises to exaggerate certain postural patterns which tend to accumulate strain in the neck. If your neck and shoulder muscles get very tight after performing an exercise, it may be contributing ill effects. This is very common for those who perform many pressing exercises and abdominal exercises. There are many effective ways to exercise so if you can find one that doesn’t give you a headache, go with it. Drinking water throughout the day also helps as dehydration is a known headache trigger.

Manual Therapy and Movement Education from a Rolfer Can Help

Since the ribcage, shoulder girdle, cervical spine and head are so closely related a Rolfer can use soft-tissue manipulation to realign your vertebrae and reduce pressure that causes headaches. Many headaches are formed in the neck, and this type of care has been known to have positive results almost immediately. Other forms of headaches such as migraines may be a little more complex, but your Rolfer can still offer relief through customized Rolfing care as performed in the Rolfing® Ten Session Series. If you suffer from headaches and can’t seem to find permanent relief through conventional medicine, call me today and schedule an appointment for one of my locations in the Chicago area.

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