Exercise and Cluster Headache – Stretching

Did you take good notes in Getting Started? Remember to check with your doctor before starting or changing an exercise routine. Also, don’t get your fitness advice from a friend or relative unless you are certain they know what they are talking about. Just because someone is physically fit and exercises frequently doesn’t mean they know how to advise you.
When you exercise, you take-in more oxygen. That is a good thing! However, the biggest win is that exercising helps with chronic pain. I’ve found that exercise done at just the right time can prevent that restless, irritable feeling and even help to prevent cluster headache some attacks. It doesn’t take much either. Fifteen minutes on the treadmill or 30 minutes of weight lifting and I’m pain-free for a few hours.
Stretching is the movement of a joint or muscle to full extension by lengthening the tissues. When you stretch, you are stretching the tissues connecting muscle to bone. These connective tissues are made of collagen.

  • Tendons are flexible cord-like structures that connect muscles to bone.
  • Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that hold bones together.
  • Aponeurosis are layers of flat broad tendons.
  • Fasciae are fibrous tissues that separate muscles.

Stretching is exercise

Your stretching routine should be a regular routine. It should be practiced until it becomes a habit that you can do without thinking. To stretch effectively, you have to know your body. Do you have any old injuries? Is there something special you are training for, like a race, hike, or other event? If you get stuck, Mayo Clinic is a great resource for stretching ideas.

  1. Prevents injury
  2. Increases range of motion
  3. Helps your muscles work more effectively.
  4. Improves your performance.

Some things to remember while stretching:

  • Stretching should be a ritual
  • Tailor your stretches for the activity
  • Stretch gently (experience a gentle pull)
  • Stretch smoothly (no jerky actions)
  • Hold your stretch (10 seconds working up to 30 seconds)
  • Use caution if you are injured
  • Don’t push your limits
  • Don’t bounce
  • Stretching should not be painful.
  • Support your body to prevent falls.
  • Use caution when in an active cluster cycle

1 Comment

  1. richardcarr05

    Chronic Cluster Headache – My Routine
    Practice makes perfect with respect to timing. I use the Trigeminal Autonomic Reflex – the point at which the eye starts to water, I like to be in muscle recovery right at that point.
    (step #1) (3 – 4 minutes of continuous muscle exertion)
    Run 100 yards, mild squats, 10 – 20 push ups (heavy breathing and asses which muscles are burning make adjustments in following sets) do 2 more sets – you want an even burn.
    (step #2) Heavy breathing, sit down, apply pressure and rock back and forth. (maintain blood flow)
    The pressure/pain has probably been shelved or may by building or gone.
    BE PATIENT – Your muscles are recovering and filling with BLOOD. from 20% to now 80% and your blood is moving 10 times faster.
    Hopefully you feel the pain /pressure break within a couple minutes.

    The trick is not over doing it so the next time you get an attack you can repeat the exercise.

    You can use this as a tool to dramatically reduce, modify, change or eliminate your anti inflammatory treatments.
    I just use coffee and sometimes 1 500mil tylenol.

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