Migraines? Headaches? Try To Balance Your Head On Your Spine

Hey guys, Its Allyson at CORE and I was just going to talk to you about something that I see a lot. I thought I would put it out there so that you guys can learn from this if your not coming in here for treatment.

It happens a lot, people sit, they are sitting at a desk and they are trying to sit up really nice and straight. Some people don’t sit up nice and straight, and they are like this (slouched with a forward head) and they have a lot of shortness in the back of the neck at the top, its really tight. Then some people will sit up tall and maybe stand up tall, but they will put their chin up, which is also creating a lot of shortness, especially in those top few cervical vertebrae… so, its the same problem, you end up getting a lot of tension headaches, that start from these muscles between your skull and the first couple vertebrae, those little bitty muscles will get tight and the nerves that run through them will come around to the front of your head and you will get that headache.

If you think of your spine right here, going through your head and then this is half of the weight and this is half of the weight… it should be balanced evenly like a teeter totter over that spine. Look at some old pictures of yourself to see how your head sits on your spine. See if you got your chin up and your really proud, which is awesome, but try to bring it down just a bit and balance the weight in the back of your head and the front of your head, over that spine in the middle. Good luck with that…

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As a physical therapist in the Houston and Austin areas since 1995, Allyson has developed a gentle approach to whole body healing. At Core she has been able to spend more time personally with each client addressing the entire body and providing recovered clients with pilates training to keep them progressing.

“The one body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.” Allyson uses this belief in three areas: First, in her approach to addressing areas of restriction throughout the body as a whole. Second, learning from co-workers, clients and other therapists taking pieces of wisdom and incorporating them into a whole treatment. Last, incorporating the pilates practice into discharge from physical therapy to continue parts of your recovery into a pursuit of health for your whole life. All parts making up one process of returning your body to health.

Her background in Total Motion Release techniques as well as Craniosacral Therapy, Strain/ Counterstrain and PIlates make for a holistic and gentle approach with quick results. The focus of her therapy is to empower the client with tools to heal themselves.

Allyson earned her B.S. in kinesiology at The University of Texas in 1992 and her M.S. in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 1995. She has worked in pediatrics for 9 years also with great success treating pediatric orthopedic issues and infant torticollis with no crying!
Allyson Marshall