Tension Headaches

Tension Headaches

Mar 25, 2016

According to the Mayo Clinic: "A tension headache is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain in your head that's often described as feeling like a tight band around your head. A tension headache (tension-type headache) is the most common type of headache, and yet its causes aren't well understood."

What should be understood is that you now have the ability to address it naturally with your Tao-Well and self-care stretching, acupressure and massage - with no risk of a gastrointestinal bleed!

A research article published in 2011 (Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy) found that self-stretching along with trigger point therapy (very similar to acupressure) was beneficial in reducing pain.[i]


[i] Rômulo Renan-Ordine, Francisco Alburquerque-Sendí­n, Daiana Priscila Rodrigues de Souza, Joshua A. Cleland, Cesar Fernandez-de-las-Penas. Effectiveness of Myofascial Trigger Point Manual Therapy Combined With a Self-Stretching Protocol for the Management of Plantar Heel Pain: A Randomized Controlled TrialJ Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(2):43-50. doi:10.2519/jospt.2011.3504

1. Acupressure:  Slide one of the end orbs next to the middle orb. Hold each end of the Tao-WellÒRehab-Well apparatus while placing the two therapy orbs directly under your skull.  Apply upward acupressure into these neck muscles. Press in during each exhale (4-5 seconds) and release during each inhale (3-4 seconds). Repeat as needed.

2. Massage: While still holding each end of the Tao-Well with two middle orbs on either side of your neck (cervical spine) perform cross friction massage with back-and-forth movements along your cervical spine for 10-20 seconds. Repeat as needed.