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:

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Pilates versus Yoga

Although completely different in intent, there are many cross-overs and benefits between Pilates and Yoga. Each lifestyle (or method) has proponents eager to tell you why their method is better than the other.

However, as with many things, deciding which will provide the most benefit is a complex combination of factors including: the particular body and personality in question; the various barriers to practice; and what the subject currently needs to help them get better, stronger, pain-free or simply find an improved sense of well-being.

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Improving your yoga poses

Have you ever joined a yoga class and wondered why you seem to be struggling more than the yogi next to you?

It might help to break the pose down into the elements required by each area of the body and work on them separately before putting it all together.

Here’s an example using the ‘extended side angle’ pose as performed by Pilates instructor Luisa Burgoyne.

As pictured below, this pose requires:

  • left hip flexion
  • right hip extension
  • spine rotation right
  • elevation of right shoulder

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30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself

This article featured on the LifeBuzz website is a great summary of the book 1,000+ Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently by Marc and Angel Chernoff. It contains a range of simple and sometimes very obvious little things that you can do to improve the quality of your life.

Here are just a few examples from the list featured in the full article, which can be read on the LifeBuzz website.

#4. Start making your own happiness a priority.

#8. Start being more polite to yourself.

#16. Start cheering for other people’s victories.

#18. Start forgiving yourself and others.

#21. Start being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.

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Yoga For Chronic Back Pain

The following study was undertaken between 2007-2010 and was designed to assess whether there was any benefit in undertaking Yoga practice for patients with chronic lower back pain.

Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Trial

It has been known for a long time that Yoga can offer an alternative approach to the treatment of low back pain. While many studies have been done in the past, some have been limited by small sample sizes and short-term follow-ups. In contrast, this study took a sample of over 300 patients with chronic low back pain of which half undertook a 3-month yoga course while the others were treated in a “traditional” manner. Patients were then followed-up after 3, 6 and 12 months.

There are still complications in a study such as this that requires participants to attend a regular course of classes such as yoga, but there does seem to be evidence that yoga can assist, particularly over the long term

While back pain results were similar between both the yoga and the “traditional” groups, the yoga group exhibited better back function and general health scores after 3, 6, and 12 months.

So, if you were thinking of incorporating yoga in to your exercise routine, then this study should provide further support for making it happen.