Exercise Your Face!

Remembering to exercise your face can help with chronic headaches and improve relaxation.

Palming – soothes the optic nerve and area around the eyes

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Breath in and out a few times.
  3. Rub your hands together until they’re warm.
  4. Cup them over your eyes.
  5. Repeat.

The Great Rub – releases tension in the temples and jaws

  1. Using your pointers and middle fingers, rub in a circular motion around the center of your forehead.
  2. Continue across to your temples.
  3. Slowly rub down to your jaws.
  4. Come across your cheeks and rub either side of your nose until you reach your forehead again.
  5. Repeat.

Eye Socket Massage – releases tension in the eyes and socket areas

  1. Using your pointers and middle fingers, begin at the bridge of your nose and massage up towards your eye brows.
  2. Continue along the eye socket rim towards your temples.
  3. Continue along the eye socket rim under the eye, until you reach the bridge of your nose again.
  4. Repeat 3 to 5 times.

Clenched Smile – relieves tension, relaxes facial muscles, increases circulation

  1. Clench your teeth together and open your mouth as wide as it will go.
  2. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
  3. Relax.
  4. Repeat.

Scrunches – relieves tension, relaxes facial muscles, increases circulation

  1. Pucker your lips, drawing your cheeks towards the center of your face.
  2. Close your eyes tightly.
  3. Hold that position for 10 seconds.
  4. Relax.
  5. Repeat.

The Lion – relieves tension in the throat and face, stimulates the eyes, improves circulation

  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Exhale forcefully, opening your mouth wide.
  3. Stick your tongue out as far as it will go. and say “Ahhhhhh!” while opening your eyes wide and looking up.
  4. Repeat 3 times.

Cheek Pinch – improves circulation

  1. Pinch your cheeks and squeeze.
  2. Relax.
  3. Repeat.

Another remedy for headaches can be physical therapy.  Many people find relief through stretches, exercises and “hands-on” manual therapy.

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This blog is designed to provide general information on pertinent physical therapy topics. The statements made are provided for educational purposes only. They do not constitute medical advice nor do they necessarily reflect the views of Body Balance Physical Therapy or any of its therapists other than the author. This blog is not intended to create a therapist-client relationship between you and Body Balance Physical Therapy. If you have specific questions as to the application of these exercises to your medical condition, you should seek the advice of your physical therapist.

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