How to Stop Your Back from Causing Your Headaches

How to Stop Your Back from Causing Your Headaches

♪ Bob and Brad ♪ ♪ The two most famous ♪ ♪ Physical therapists ♪ ♪ On the internet. ♪ – Hi folks, I’m Bob
Schrupp, physical therapist. – Brand Heineck, physical therapist. – And we are the most famous physical therapists on the internet. – In our opinion of course, but. – Today we’re gonna tell
you how to stop your back from causing you headaches. You probably didn’t even know, that they could be causing you headaches. – Well, this is very interesting, Bob and I think it’s worth listening to it. – Yeah, it makes sense actually, if you follow the pathway, basically. – Exactly. – So it shows you how one part of the body can affect other parts in the body, so. – Very so. – If you’re new to our channel, please take a second to subscribe to us. We provide videos on how to stay healthy, fit, pain-free, we upload every day. Also you wanna join us on
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pinned at the top of the page. – There you go. – What I’m talking about about, Brad, is basically those tension headaches, that you feel, that are
on the back of your head. – [Brad] On here. – Part-times, we almost call
them neck headaches sometimes, because they feel like
they start from the neck and they come up and around
and sometimes they’ll send pain behind one eye or both eyes
or come around both sides. It’s because you’re pinching a
greater occipital nerve here, it’s putting too much stress on it. So let me show you a typical
way this could happen, Brad. I’ll take the stool. – You want the stool? – Yeah, well, no, you go ahead. – Oh. – Because you used to do such a good job – (laughing) I’m such
a, well, historically, I would slouch about but I’ve cracked it myself
– So as I, so as I. Brad’s gonna go ahead and slouch. So what happens over time,
when you do this day after day? This starts to tighten up to the point where he can’t even straighten it anymore. So if I tell Brad to go
and bring your head back, this doesn’t even,
there’s no movement there. This is a bad sign, this means that you’ve really tightened up. Now the shoulder, Brad, if
you’re normally would do it, how it look, so there, that’s
how you want it to look. You wanna see some
movement going on there. – Look at that versus. – What happens when this tightens up? Suddenly all the movement
has to come from the neck, and look what’s happening? Brad, what the first thing he’s gonna do, he wants his eyes level. If he allows the spine
to do what it wants, his eyes are down but he
wants to see where he’s going, he wants to see his work
at his computer station, so as eyes go up and now you’re gonna get increased tension right
here in the muscles, in the suboccipital area,
right at the base of the skull. I’ve experienced this myself, Brad, I tried to stay up straight but eventually I started slumping a little bit. – Sure, yeah.
– And this is exactly where I start to feel the pain. We’re gonna show you ways
to stretch these areas out, get the neck up, get the
ears over the shoulders, so you’re not gonna have
so much stress on the neck, which will stop those headaches from happening.
– Let’s– – But the other thing or I’m
gonna mention one other way the back can actually cause neck pain. If you have tight hamstrings, what the hamstrings are gonna do, they’re gonna pull your
pelvis underneath you. Brad is gonna show you, yep, just like.
– We’re going like that. – And if they’re really tight, you won’t even be able to straighten up, yep, you can’t even get that
arch back in your back at all, – Especially if you sit
like this, it really pulls. – So up there tight and
they’re pulling you like that your back’s gonna round out and your back in that same situation
again, the back’s rounded out and you can’t bring the back up like this, and you can’t take the stress
off the upper neck of that. – Well it starts from all
the way down and works up. – Yeah, it’s the whole chain. – All the way here. – If I were to pick the one
that’s probably more common in people though, it’s that
upper back that’s gonna be tight on most people. – Right, because in a standing position the hamstrings is not an influence, but we’re sitting a lot. – We’re gonna show you first
one stretch you can try on your own, grab a ball from
some of the big box stores. This one’s got a little
bit lack of air in it, but you could do it with one
that has more air or not, but this will start
stretching the mid-back out, and then I’m gonna show you a way to stretch the upper back out. – Actually, if it’s a
little flat, a little low, that’s good, I think it
feels a little bit better. So I’m gonna start at
mid-back just underneath my shoulder blades and then I’m gonna pull these shoulders back, lean
into that ball and that ball forces my thoracic spine,
that part of the back, out and my shoulders go back
over and I’m gonna keep my chin in here and it’s
almost like Bob does this hallelujah stretch, where
you can go back like this, like you’re gonna, was
that the field go thing? – Yeah, touchdown.
– You go, there you go, one way or another
and boy, this feels good, I do enjoy this stretch, it’s
a lot of ways to do this, I’m gonna show you.
– And you can move it up and down in different areas. – Up a little higher.
– It doesn’t work quite as well for the upper back or the upper rib area,
upper thoracic area. I’m gonna show this again, Brad, this is actually the back part. This was invented by a
therapist from New Zealand. Really a great guy and
really quite knowledgeable in his area and he is kind of dedicated, he is no longer practicing as a therapist but he is going around, dedicated his life trying to improve people’s posture issue that’s become so prevalent now. – Right. – So he’s trying to work on that, trying, it’s epidemic, basically. – Well thanks to computers and cellphones.
– Right. – They all promote it. – So he invented this product here, it’s just the right shape and the right– – Density. – Density to help work this area. I have been using this
every morning, Brad, now, when I do my hamstring stretches. – Oh really? Well show us, Bob, show us. Everyone is anxious. – I think I’m gonna show
it on you first, Brad, if you just turn around.
– Oh, yeah. – What you can do is you’re
gonna actually place this between the bumps here,
the spinal’s processes and your shoulder blades, so
it’s right in this area here, and it’s gonna work along the spine here, and you start it, you just lay on it, I’ll show you in a second,
you lay it for 30 seconds, then you can move it down a
spot, move it down further, down further, then you
can hit the other side. You work your way up and I just, while I’m stretching my
legs, I go ahead and move it in different spots.
– Sure. – Now, let me, I warn you
though, if you are tight, you are probably gonna
need to start with pillows. – You want a pillow or a towel? – Well, a towel too, and we
didn’t prepare your soil. Normally– – That’s very unusual for us, Bob. – That’s unusual for us, so
normally you may wanna have two or three pillows
underneath there first. And then you might even
put a towel over this. But I’m gonna show you, Brad, that I can, because I’ve been doing this,
I can actually do it without. So I’m gonna go ahead and put it down, and get it in a place
here, I’m gonna start in the upper back right here
and I can actually bring my arms back like this.
– Well yeah. – And give it just like
great stretch there. – You really, yeah, so,
you put the pillow on top? – You put the pillow
under my head here, see? You start this, well, you might start with three pillows even and then work your way down to no pillows. – So under the head, okay. – And you might put a towel on the iPod, on the back pod itself (Brad laughing), we’re talking about technology. – So it’ll be here and you
would just go like that. – But just to show you the
differences this has made my life, Brad, besides taking
away a lot of that pain, when I am at the computer, I, before, when I was doing with this,
when I do these stretches, I could not get this
elbow down to the bed. – Yeah. – It was up like this. – So you’re–
– And I thought, it was always my shoulder, you know? But it was my back, it was my upper back, and now I could go easily down here. – So if those ribs are getting
tight where they connect up to the spine, that can greatly influence your shoulder mobility. – So again, yeah, it’s
the easy treatment to do. I’m gonna warn you, this
is pricey and we’ve talked about this before, Brad and I did, Brad and I have invented
some products ourselves so we know the process and
if you look at this device, but where it’s very toughly made. – That’s very well built,
it’s gonna last you for as long as you ever need it. – You can run this over
with a vehicle but this got two pieces here which means
they had to get that molded and then they also have
this part, that had to get molded.
– Right. – And this is a one man
show here, this isn’t a guy that is a big company, I mean, so here throughout, I don’t
know, 30000, 40000, $50000. – At least. – So anyway, it’s a long
way of saying this is $90, but I haven’t found anything
else that works like it. I mean you can’t use a tennis
ball, nothing seems to do the job like this one.
– Right, right. – I apologize for the price but– – I don’t apologize for it,
I think it’s a good deal. – It works out well, so you could try that and in addition to that
you may wanna stretch those hamstrings out. Brad, you wanted to show
a hamstring stretch? – Oh yeah, one of my favorite’s is, depending if you have good balance, you can just go as long
as you go up and about and you got a good balance
you can go on a chair, keep your knees straight,
back straight and gently stretch forward and that
will isolate the hamstrings. Did you wanna do the one on the floor? – Sure, this is the one I actually, I go up against the regal, I
put it up against the regal, and then I put this on my back. I’ve been doing a lot of
double stretching lately, that’s–
– Multitasking. – Multitasking, when I
stretch my calves, I stretch using the buja sticks, so I’m stretching my shoulders at the same
time (Bob laughing), so I’m getting lots done, I don’t have all morning to stretch, you know? – I know, I know. – I gotta get going, so. – But this, getting the knee straight, let the other leg all
the way down like this, isolate the best, if you
have a strap or a towel to put on your foot, that
can even get it more, but we’ve got some really good videos on just hamstring stretches
that you can look at and see what works best for you. – I’m just gonna mention one
more thing about the back pod. So, I run and I have noticed
my posture has gotten better with running and it’s opened my lungs more and I don’t get as tired. I, seriously, I noticed the other way, I’m like wow, my shoulders and it brings your
diaphragm up and you can– – Sure, well there’s this
study who climbed Mount, the woman who climbed Mount–
– Right. – Everest. – Yeah, Mount Everest. – And someone commented,
they said she wasn’t the first woman to climb Mount Everest, she was the first woman to climb it without supplemental oxygen. – Oh, good point, thank you, we have very attentive subscribers. – Right, they’re highly intelligent and they keep us abreast of things – We’re glad somebody does. – Yes. – Alright, thanks everybody for watching. (light tune)

7 comments on “How to Stop Your Back from Causing Your Headaches

  1. Azralynn Post author

    Is there some way to strap myself to my chair so I don't hunch so much? I live and work at my PC, and gahhh, I just can't sit straight. 🙁

  2. Christina Hutchison Post author

    How do you loosen up your buttocks and upper hamstrings. I have tried a lot of things and meds and nothing has helped. I can’t stand up straight or hardly walk.any help or ideas would be appreciated.


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