Posted by on July 16, 2020

suboccipital self-release

Here’s a quick video I made a few years ago showing you how to perform a self-myofascial release on your neck when you’re experiencing pain from a tension headache.

Of course, this is always much nicer to have someone else do to you (please, make sure it’s someone who’s a regulated health professional, like a registered massage therapist, chiropractor, or physiotherapist!) Through covid-19 it’s become more important to learn how to do some aspects of rehabilitation independently. While myself and other health professionals will always be here to help assess, treat, and guide you, sometimes it’s nice to have an exercise or technique in your back pocket for when you’re desperate for treatment and can’t get a timely appointment. Neck pain is no fun and it’s great when you can do something about it yourself!

While I love this particular self-release technique, especially if I can’t book in to see my chiro for a few days, it’s always important to know why you have a headache so you can take the best course of action.

Potential reasons you have a headache

  • you are dehydrated
  • you have a concussion
  • your neck is tight
  • you drank too much last night
  • you’ve been staring at a screen too long
  • someone is telling you a very boring story, AGAIN

As you can see from this list, it’s important to recognize that this technique will not be very effective if you’re dehydrated.

What are your favourite pain management techniques when you have a headache?


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