Among the many things I am working on these days to try to reduce the use of abortive and rescue medications is trying to increase my levels of gentle exercise. In addition to things like walking and yoga, I want to try to focus on strengthening the muscles in my back, neck, and shoulders, since oftentimes when I have a headache pain will ‘travel’ there and make me far more uncomfortable.
Do any of you do yoga and pilates, or other simple exercises to target these areas for the same reasons? Are there particular positions or simple motions that work for you? Many of the ‘yoga for headaches’ books and sites I’ve seen seem to focus on relaxing these areas, which is nice, but I’d like to give them some strength too, so that they are not worn out as easily. My neurologist and GP both agreed with the concept, but neither seemed to have particular movement recommendations, and I wondered if anyone here was working on something similar. I’d consider PT again…but with botox shots and acupuncture and a job and a husband and a child…there’s only so many hours in the day!
Thanks as always!