The Stretches That Can Change a Life

By: Carolyn G.

When I first saw this article titled, "Stress Headache Relief", I was actually really happy to see someone had done some research on this. I personally have headaches a lot, which usually stem from stress, but also stem from Musial tension. In the article it stated, “Tight muscles and neck pain can trigger headaches, and chronically overworked muscles — like hunched shoulders and tight trapezius muscles, or the muscles below your shoulder blades and the uppermost back muscles that run into your neck — can cause headaches, too” This actually surprised me a lot, because I assumed that almost all headaches either came from really stressful situations, or hitting you head by accident on something. This got me thinking though, I wonder how many of my headaches are caused by overworked muscles? I don’t have the best posture, because I’m either hunched over my phone, school iPad, or sketchbook.

The article did give a bunch of stretches that you can do at home to help release some of the pain. So, on Monday, September 27, 2020 while I was drawing, I started to notice that I was getting a headache, And since I remember the article, I thought it would actually be really cool to test some of the stretches out, just so I can see if they worked well for me. I ended up doing the ‘Side neck stretch’. “With your head upright, reach your right hand around your head and place it on the left side of your head. Gently pull your head so that your right ear reaches down toward your right shoulder. Feel a stretch in the left side of your neck. To intensify this stretch, bring your left hand around your back and open up the left shoulder by pressing your left hand onto your back.” This stretch was actually really cool! My headache was definitely relieved as well. I never had really thought about neck and back stretches until reading this article, but now that I have, I’ll definitely continue to do these! Even on days where I don’t have a headache, these would also just be good for just relaxing, and just stretching your muscles to avoid headaches.