Did you know there’s such a thing as yoga for headaches? That a simple yoga practice can help relieve headache symptons?
We know that yoga is good for us right, but have you ever heard of yoga for headaches? Yes, the simple child’s pose can help ease the symptoms of headaches.
Dr David Buchholz, a neurologist and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain, believes that figuring out why you have a headache is the best way to cure it. So rather than reaching for the pills, you look at other factors. Have you eaten? Are you tired? Do you need to hydrate? Examine your headache pattern and try to prevent rather than cure.
Dr Buchholz believes that headaches are all part of a continuum, with migraines being the most severe. Triggers such as stress, hormone fluctuations, sleep disturbances, changes in weather (especially barometric pressure), and certain medications. Our diet, sleep schedule, and, for women, menstrual cycle, all contribute to our headache “trigger load” on any given day. Some of us have a lower trigger load threshold than others, and those that do will have more frequent headaches. The good news is that reducing some of these triggers can bring headaches under control.
And because stress is such a big headache trigger, this is why coming into child’s pose can help. Dr. Buchholz advises headache sufferers to develop a regular yoga practice mixed with a cardio activity. Exercise not only helps with stress, but also releases endorphins that help prevent headaches.
How to do child’s pose?
- Kneel on the floor, and keeping the toes together, let the knees spread as far apart as is comfortable.
- Stretch the trunk and arms forward, resting your hands and arms on the mat.
- Close your eyes, breathe deeply and stay in the pose for as long as feels comfortable.
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