What Neck Exercises Help to Reduce Headaches?

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Neck exercises for preventing headaches include neck retraction, chinning and neck rotation, according to Excedrin. These neck exercises are effective for migraine headaches and tension headaches.

To perform neck retraction, bring the shoulder blades together before pulling the head back while maintaining a level head position, instructs Excedrin. After holding the position for five to 10 seconds, relax the neck and complete nine more repetitions of the neck retraction exercise. To perform the chinning exercise, begin by looking straight ahead with the head level before inhaling and tucking in the chin. While exhaling, jut out the chin, repeating the chinning exercise three to five times for proper head positioning on the neck.

To perform neck rotation, turn the head slowly until looking over the shoulder, explains Excedrin. After holding the position for a second or two, look down before returning the head to its starting position and rotating the neck in the other direction. For best results, stretch the neck gently and slowly while breathing deeply when completing these exercises. In some cases, strengthening exercises for the neck and shoulders may also help prevent headaches. Make sure to consult a doctor before adding any new exercises to a treatment regimen.