Yoga for Headaches and Pain Around the Eyes

April 8, 2016

I hear many patients complain of pain around the eyes.  Many of these pains are associated with or caused by headaches or migraines.  As much of our days are now spent on computers and small electronic devices, the frequency of these pains appears to be increasing.  As I am a migraine sufferer as well, I have explored many options for pain relief.  One of the the most relaxing and pain relieving activities that I have discovered is yoga.  

 

 

Below is an article that I found from Health on the web for a yoga position to help with headaches and eye strain.

 

A pounding head can keep you from falling asleep at night, but you don't always have to pop a pill. This move, called Legs up the Wall, gently stretches the muscles in your neck (often the culprit of tension headaches) and relaxes you at the same time—a combo that can ease your ache in just a few minutes.

How-to: Sit on one end of a mat with your right hip touching a wall. Lean back, turn to lie flat on the mat, and extend your legs up the wall; your butt should be nearly touching the wall and your legs should be together. Put your hands on your belly or rest them on the mat above your head. Close your eyes, relax your jaw, and drop your chin slightly. Breathe deeply and slowly in this position for 3 to 10 minutes.

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