16 January 2008

Centrum tip – Breathe that headache away

Did you know that relaxation exercises can help to relieve headaches, backaches and insomnia?

Did you know that relaxation exercises can help to relieve headaches, backaches and insomnia? One of the simplest relaxation exercises is deep breathing, which will release endorphins (the body's very own painkillers) into your body.

Take action:
Begin by breathing through your nostrils; inhale for five counts, silently saying the word “in” (concentrate on breathing deeply); fill your lower abdomen with air; count to five, and then exhale slowly, silently saying the word “out” as you let the air escape through your mouth; repeat this exercise for about two minutes; gradually you will be able to build up to ten counts or higher; increase your relaxation by imagining a peaceful scene or by breathing in fresh air or pleasant smells.

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Dr Elliot Shevel - Founder and Medical Director - The Headache Clinic, (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town) South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon.

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