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How to Address Migraines & Tension Headaches

by Ashley Black

If you’re one of the more than 37 million Americans who suffers from migraines and tension headaches, you’ll probably recognize these symptoms: pain on one side or both sides of your head, pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting, etc. Some migraine studies estimate that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. population have migraines and 2-3 million migraine sufferers are chronic (yes, I googled that!) … ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

 

Just like with many health issues today, instead of addressing the root problem, most migraine treatments and medications aim at simply “managing” the symptoms. There has been speculation about what the root cause may be – ranging from hormone imbalances to other outside influences. 

 

 

 

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Fascia Magnified

In order to really, truly understand fascial recoil, you have to first understand the fascia system . Fascia is not only the soft tissue that “holds us together”, it also carries more nerve activity than muscle! Fascia permeates the entire body and literally connects to every structure, from head to toe, hand-to-hand, and inside to out. The fascia also runs in long strips throughout the body, and understanding the lines of structural fascia is crucial to understanding where your fascia has recoiled. Learn more about the types of fascia here!

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Fascia in the brain

 

Fascial recoil occurs when the distorted, mangled fascia clumps together – typically as a protective mechanism – and causes restriction and tightness throughout the body. Tight fascia can pinch and clamp off nerves, restrict blood flow, and interrupt nerve activity.  Just look at how the brain is covered and penetrated by fascia! It’s insane to me that the brain is so visibly affected by fascia, but still no one is talking about fascial release for the brain. It seems so obvious to me!

When fascia recoils in the brain, it can feel like a boa constrictor has wrapped itself around your head. It can clamp down so tightly that a person can even vomit or faint from the pain! Fascial recoil directly causes many of the symptoms associated with migraines and tension headaches by “gripping” and choking out the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues.

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So now that you understand the “why”, I’m gonna share the “how”. When you physically address the fascial system and release the tension and adhesions, you can alleviate and completely eliminate migraine symptoms! If you think about it, your migraine or tension headaches may start as a pain in your shoulder, or awareness behind the scapula, or a stressful phone call that triggered it. All of these things put the fascia on “high alert” so that it eventually just clamps down and causes the restriction. To understand how migraines are a part of a bigger issue, check out the 7 Phases of Fascia “Freak Out” Chart.

 

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Tension Headache and Migraine Relief Tips

 

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably more than ready for some real answers! I’m going to show you exactly how to manage and address the root cause of your pain! Cutting-edge developments in health and wellness usually start with the rich and famous and take about 20 years to reach the mainstream. But now, thanks to the FasciaBlaster®, you don’t have to wait 20 years to access the tools that professional athletes and A-listers now know and love!

In this article, I’ll walk you through the 7 steps on how you can address your fascia and, in turn, relieve your migraine symptoms!

 

What You’ll Need: some oil, your trusty FasciaBlaster®, and a can-do attitude!

 

 

  • Step 1: Prep the fascia with external & internal heat!

 

Heating the fascia is so important because heat puts the fascia in a jelly-like state, which makes it more malleable! Similar to how water can be solid ice, liquid water, and gassy steam, fascia can actually change states, too! It doesn’t change states that dramatically, but it can go from crystallized to spongy, to “jello-ish”. As you can imagine, making changes to the fascia is more effective when it’s in a softer, more pliable state. Examples of external heat sources can be a sauna, hot bath or shower, a heating pad or blanket, space heaters, sauna suits, a hot day outside, etc. Internal heat is any type of cardiovascular activity. Also, it’s so important to hydrate with electrolytes and lots of water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the video tutorial

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  • Step 2: FasciaBlast the entire arms

 

 

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Apply lots of oil and use the FasciaBlaster® on the entire arm, as the fascia ‘arm lines’ run all along the full length of the arms – from the neck to the fingertips.

 

 

 

 

Woman Fasciablasting Her Forearm

 

 

 

Here’s the video tutorial:

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Step 3: FasciaBlast across the chest

 

 

 

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Tight fascia in the “pec line” can pull the head and neck forward, making it almost impossible to relax and maintain correct posture. Loosen up the Superficial Front Arm Line (the line that covers the pectorals) to allow the shoulders to sit naturally in their sockets and allowing the head and neck to rest on top of the spine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch my video tutorial here

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  • Step 4: Open the jawline

 

 

deep-front-arm-line-front-jaw-line Many of the lines of structural fascia that run throughout the body meet at the jaw. Learning to loosen and scrub away adhesions using the FasciaBlaster® on this area is a total game changer!

 

 

 

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Here’s the tutorial:

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  • Step 5: FasciaBlast all around the neck

 

 

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Neck Muscles

Fascia can tighten around the muscles in your neck and traps and cause them to feel like one big chunk. You can use this technique to loosen and separate the muscles from each other to decrease tension. I also show how to target the Dowagers Hump (the “back hump” at the base of the neck). Apply these techniques on a regular basis.

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Carotid Artery

Caution: Very light pressure should be used to carefully avoid the carotid artery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch my video tutorial:

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  • Step 6: FasciaBlast your head

 

 

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Yes, boys and girls, we are going to FasciaBlast our heads! Use hair conditioner and scrub the fascia that covers the scalp. Doing this step every day will keep those tension headaches away!

 

 

 

 

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Watch my video tutorial here:

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  • Step 7: Correct your posture

If your head is forward, your shoulders are slumped, or you have a sway back, you are always going to have tension headaches! It’s so important to make sure everything is aligned and in its correct place! While the FasciaBlaster opens the tissue, you also have to do your part; if you don’t change your posture, the results simply won’t stick! Stand against the wall and practice this correct posture for three minutes, five to ten a day to implement lasting changes!
The goal is to form the habit to maintain this posture throughout your daily activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch my video: Change Your Spine, Change Your Life

 

 

 

 

 

Practice this technique with the entire back side of your body on the wall, maintaining the “two fingers, four fingers” spacing, which I explain in the video. 

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Here are some tips from my Billionaire Healthcare radio episode about Tension Headaches and Migraine Relief:

 

 

 

If you follow the steps and tutorials in this article, you may soon experience relief from the tension caused by fascial recoil.

The FasciaBlaster® is an amazing tool, and once you learn to take care of your fascia, you’ll start seeing amazing results! Welcome to the new you, and welcome to Fasciology™!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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