Simple exercises to help manage headaches

As a frequent migraine sufferer, I’m always on the lookout for useful resources to help ease the effects of migraines and headaches. Recently, I’ve come across the Yoga U blog, and this excellent post about some simple foam roller exercises that you can do to help manage tension-type headaches. As a CBD-based centre, many of our clients are office workers who suffer from these types of symptoms. If this is you, then I encourage you to have a read. You might discover a really simple way of easing some of the symptoms.

You can read the full post on the Yoga U website here:

https://www.yogauonline.com/yoga-for-pain-relief/yoga-for-headaches-3-ways-use-foam-roller-release-tension

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Pilates and the foam roller

It’s not just about pain.

Many people’s first thought, at the very mention of the ‘foam roller’, is a feeling of excruciating pain. Rolling the outside of your leg or your IT band can effortlessly bring on these types of sensations. Pilates sometimes make use of the foam roller for certain deep tissue release techniques (that can hurt), however there are many additional benefits. The foam roller can also be used to encourage both proprioception and stability.

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How To Make The Most Of Your Foam Roller

How do foam rollers work?

  • Foam rollers work on the myo-fascial* system to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Foam rollers are ideal for self-massage, stretching and rehabilitation exercises.

*The myo-fascial system refers to the muscle itself and its fascia – a thin sheath that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body

Dr Catherine Allison presents this article to help you incorporate a foam roller in to your exercise routine. It follows up on a similar post that explains how to make the most out of your Spiky Ball.

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4 Reasons You Should Be Using a Foam Roller

When you undertake a reasonably large exercise training load there is a fine line between recovery and overtraining. There are many different strategies that an athlete can adopt in order to promote sufficient recovery including correct recovery nutrition, adequate sleep, sufficient recovery time between hard training and adopting training periodisation principles. One thing athletes often overlook is body maintenance such as flexibility and massage, which, if neglected, can lead to injuries and/or muscle fatigue issues.

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