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7 Exercises That Will Make Your Headaches Go Away

If you often suffer from headaches, you certainly know how awful their symptoms are — along with pain, you might also experience dizziness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and even vision problems. To prevent this condition, you should regularly train your muscles and blood vessels. And the best way to do this is to perform moderate exercises for at least 10 minutes every day.

Bright Side put together 7 easy exercises that can help you restore blood circulation and treat your headaches without medication.

7. Standing forward bend

The initial position: Standing on the floor with your feet together.

What to do:

  • Raise your arms toward the ceiling and stretch your whole body upward.
  • Take a deep breath in.
  • Exhale and lower your arms, bending your upper body forward, and trying to reach the floor with your palms.
  • Hold for a couple of seconds, then return to the initial position.

Repeat: 5-6 times

Benefits: Bending forward enhances blood circulation to your head and stabilizes your heart rate.

6. Bound angle pose

The initial position: Sitting on the floor with your knees bent and the soles of your feet together in front of you.

What to do:

  • Keeping your back straight, place your palms on your knees.
  • Gently push your knees down to open your pelvis and stretch the muscles of your hips.

Duration: 20-30 seconds

Benefits: This pose stimulates circulation throughout your body and helps detox your internal organs.

5. Legs-up-the-wall pose

The initial position: Lay down flat on your back, against the wall, with your legs straight, raised, and resting on the wall.

What to do:

  • Make sure your legs are straight and parallel to the wall.
  • Extend your arms to the sides, palms up.
  • Relax in this position, breathing in and out deeply.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable, place a cushion or a folded blanket under your lower back.

Duration: 60-90 seconds

Benefits: The legs-up-the-wall pose reduces anxiety and calms down your mind.

4. Bridge exercise

The initial position: Lay flat on the floor with your legs straight and your arms at your sides, palms down.

What to do:

  • Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet on the floor.
  • Lift your hips upward so that your thighs are in line with your upper body.
  • Keep breathing deeply in this position for a couple of seconds, then lower your hips to the ground.

Repeat: 10 times

Benefits: The bridge exercise gives your spine, neck, and shoulders a good stretch and releases stiff muscles in these areas.

3. Downward facing dog pose

The initial position: Standing on the floor with your feet hip-width apart.

What to do:

  • Raise your arms toward the ceiling and take a deep breath in.
  • Exhale and bend forward, placing your palms on the floor shoulder-width apart.
  • Balancing on your feet and hands, straighten your arms and legs until you feel a stretch in your thighs.

Duration: 60 seconds

Benefits: This pose relieves tension and stress from your back and shoulders and improves the blood flow to your brain.

2. Child’s pose

The initial position: Sitting on your heels with your back straight.

What to do:

  • Slowly bend forward, place your forehead on the ground in front of you, and rest your torso on your knees.
  • Extend your arms in front of you with the palms facing down.

Duration: 60 seconds

Benefits: The child’s pose helps free your mind of stress and anxiety and flush out toxins from your body.

1. Backbends

The initial position: Sitting on your heels with your back straight.

What to do:

  • Lift your buttocks off your heels and straighten your spine.
  • Gently bend backward as far as you can and try to reach your heels with your fingers.
  • Hold for a couple of seconds, then straighten your spine.

Repeat: 5-6 times

Benefits: This exercise opens up your chest and ensures proper blood flow in your head and upper body.

Please note: It’s better to consult a doctor before performing any exercises. When practicing them, always be careful and check your blood pressure. If you feel neck pain or experience a headache, stop immediately.

How do you usually manage your headaches? Do you use natural remedies or just take meds? Feel free to share your experience with us!

Illustrated by Natalia Tylosova and Daniil Shubin for Bright Side