How To Get Rid Of Migraine Headaches
Hi America. Welcome to another Schreiber pain relief Institute session on How To. Today I wanted to talk about how to relieve upper back and neck discomfort and assist with helping someone with a migraine due to all of… Everybody staying home and sitting in, improper chairs and sofas and looking down at the computer on their bed. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff going on.
So we want to talk about what people might be feeling in their upper back, and if they’re having a headache at this time. So if they’re having a headache at this time that you’re wanting to help them make sure that you’re not causing too much pressure with your hands to add to their headache, but it feels more relieving, tight pressure. Okay, we’re going to go over. I’m going to break it up to a few different steps, so you have an understanding of what we’re doing and what we’re trying to accomplish.
So I’m going to speak in terms that only I can understand myself, which are pretty late terms. Okay. Remember if you use too much pressure, you can increase the pain. It’s how much pressure it takes to cause pain with light pressure between your hands, as you’re compressing the muscles, it’s going to start to feel better to the upper back and anything that’s going on in the neck and head. I’m pushing downward with my fingers, pressing into the muscle and letting them just gently slide over those lumpy bumpy feelings that you feel in the muscle. And then I have my hand at the top of the body at the top of the shoulder, and I’m feeding that muscle into my hand, just compressing gently. And I’m starting close to the neck and I’m curling in my fingers. Nice and easy.
If you’re like me, I haven’t worked in my office in a couple of weeks and I’m sure my wife is going to yelp a little bit when I get her with a nail. So be careful with your nails. You don’t want to cause more problems than they already have. Okay. So step one, you want to press down on the trapezius muscle and the rhomboids muscles, just so you have an idea with what they are. People are going to ask you what they, what are you touching? Well, the trapezius muscle and the rhomboid muscle, and it’s called the trapezius because it’s connected this way along the spine. And then from the spine to the shoulder, the tip here, and then from the tip of the shoulder to the neck and then up into the skull. Okay. So we’re going to compress that’s step one and then step two, you’re going to feed that trapezius muscle into your top hand.
Okay. And then step three, we would grab the arm. And if you’re on a, if you’re on the bed, it’s going to be a little more difficult, just have the person slide to the edge of the bed and then have them turn their head to one way or the other. Or you could actually put a folded towel underneath their forehead. Now I’m just going to take the shoulder and just move it. Want to press inward pull upwards a little bit, want to press inward pull upward a little bit, then pull outward, okay. I’m pressing inward, pulling upward, pulling outward, and then I’m going to get that movement going just a little bit. Then I’m going to come back in the same direction, I mean the opposite direction. So we’re going to continue this treatment or from lying on your belly. Now we’re going to have the person lie on their back, and this is going to help release the shoulders, release the neck.
And this is also going to help people with any type of headaches and, there are all types of headaches. Some people are having, the famous migraine or any type of a temporal headache, a sinus headache, and also, I want you to always remember when you’re working with somebody less is more. You start off very gently. Most of my patients at the office would tell you that I rarely do, but I want you guys that are not used to working with somebody with your hands on them. You always start off gentle. Okay. You can always add a little more pressure as needed, but it’s hard to take it away once you’ve already used it.
So I’m going to take my hands and I’m just going to press in on the shoulders and I’m going to come down at an angle. So the angle would be kind of a little less than a 45 degree angle and I’m pushing inward and downward on the shoulders. And then I’m going to get them bouncing just a little bit. Okay. And kind of push and jump away, push and jump away, because you want the shoulders to kind of bounce a little bit. There’s something that happens in the nervous system that allows these muscles from here up to the top of the head, just to relax a little bit and you could test this out on somebody by having them move their head before you bounce the shoulders, then have them move their neck and head after you bounced the shoulders.
So now I’m just going to take my hands and cup them gently under the neck. And I’m going to pull just a little bit. My hands are going to slide up into the hair a little bit. You don’t want to pull hard. Okay. And then you start feeding the neck back and forth like you’re pouring pancake batter from a bowl into a pan. Gently. [inaudible 00:05:43] Is that how you pour pancake batter? The answer’s yes.
Speaker 2: Yes.
Speaker 1: So then you start turning just a little more and make sure that you’re having contact with your hands. And beaus, I guess you could get how good my hand is contacting under there. Just to see how they can, how it’s cupped. Okay. You’re just pulling gently. Anybody can do this for one another. And if you’re using gentle pressure and you have an idea of what you’re feeling for. Now I’m taking my other hand and cupping it with my left hand. And I’m feeling underneath with my thumb, just pressing into those muscles ever so gently, because remember if you’re treating somebody that’s experiencing discomfort, the least amount of pressure can cause pain. So you want to start off very light, gentle like a feather.
Let it go.
Okay. Also now you want to take your fingers to just gently start compressing the muscles along the side of the head, which these are the temporalis muscles. These muscles go all the way back into this area, behind the ear, toward the top of the head and then there’s other muscles on the very top. Okay. So you’re just pressing inward, pulling backward gently. Then you can get a nice circular range of motion, I mean a circular motion with your fingers. Okay. And you’ll feel all kinds of little bumps and little log, bumpy areas and you just press it to them gently and get your fingers moving a little slower. Sometimes I get a little rambunctious, although I’ve been doing it 36 years. So understand you’re not going to maybe do this right the first time or the second time or the third, but as you’ve tried to help your loved one it’s going to feel right the first time.
Now we’re moving downward below the arch of the jaw and we’re working on the masseter muscles. Okay. And you’re pressing it gently underneath the cheekbones, you’re pressing your fingers gently. You’re coming across toward the midline, right into those nice little grooves. Right where they smile, right beside the nose. And then you can slide around, come around in little circular movements. And as you’re doing those circular movements, move posterior or backward down toward the bed or toward the table with just in front of the ears. And then you can come around the ear also. Okay?
All this area is going to be involved with headaches. Okay? There’s not going to be an area above the shoulders that you can touch. It’s not going to be, have some kind of impression on the headache. And there’s nice muscles along the side of the neck here, they’re called the sternoclavicular mastoid muscle. Okay, that’s a big muscle. And you want to be very careful in this area. So I’m just taking my hands in a broad way, pushing my thumb down into my fingers, compressing this muscle very gently. It’s a very tender active muscle in the neck. So you want to just gently move, go a little slower than what I’m going. How’s that pressure Lords?
Speaker 2: Fine.
Speaker 1: So that, do you feel a little tenderness?
Speaker 2: Mm-hmm (affirmative) Yes.
Speaker 1: But not too much?
Speaker 2: No.
Speaker 1: Okay. Now we’re going to have my hands underneath the skull and I’m going to cup my fingers upward and we’re just going to move our fingers and just get the chin moving up and down a little bit from down towards the feet and bring your fingers forward. Now the chin is going to come towards you. Nice and gentle.
And then gently move their hand in a little circle. We’re going to give out information for anyone that’s watching this. That could email me with any questions you may have. And at this time that we’re going through and I hope and wish and pray that everybody is safe and doing everything that we can do to stay healthy and be safe from catching this invisible enemy.
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