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Marshall James Nev, PLC | Facial Exercises to Manage Headache Pain in Richmond

Lexington-Richmond Headache Clinic
Marshall James Ney, DMD, FAAOP
Fellow American Academy of Oral Facial Pain

527 W. Main St.
Richmond, 40475
(859) 623-3761

Facial Exercises to Manage Headache Pain
 

Facial Exercises for Managing Pain

And the added advantage of looking younger!

Many of us with headaches also suffer from pain in the muscles of facial expression. Facial expression muscles are not innervated from the same nerve that moves our lower jaw or provides feeling to the entire face, half of the skull, and to the blood vessels (which when dilated cause migraines). However, these muscles of facial expression do play a significant role in myofascial pain in the face. Here are a few illustrations of trigger points and their referral patterns of the muscles of facial expression which are innervated by the seventh cranial nerve also called the facial nerve.

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A Free Face Lift!

Exercising the muscles of facial expressions has the same results as that of any exercise program. They take what has fallen and lift it up by strengthening it up. Like any worthwhile exercise program, you have to be dedicated and disciplined with the strengthening process. Even if you've already had a surgical face lift, these exercise programs will help you keep your results longer.

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As you try the following muscle exercises, please remember to stop immediately if any exercise causes pain.

One hallmark of muscle pain in the head and neck is muscle weakness. Therefore, we emphasize strengthening exercises. These particular exercises are for the muscles of facial expression.

There are several commercial strengthening programs out there that deliver a very good product. Dr. Ney's favorite is FlexEffect ®, but it is kind of pricey at $126. However, it does give you a video and book of what the muscles do that you are exercising and what results you can expect. From the free facial and neck exercise version, here are some that work. You may be amazed at the results!

At-Home Neck and Throat Exercises

Manage facial pain and produce a younger looking you!

 

  1. Sit upright, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and then start a chewing movement. You will feel the muscles working in your neck and throat area. Do 20 chews and repeat 3 times.
  2. Sit upright, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Pucker your lips together in a kiss and stretch the kiss, as if you were trying to kiss the ceiling. Count to 10 while you keep your lips puckered. Then relax and bring your head back to level. Repeat this exercise for 5 times.
  3. Sit upright, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Open your lips and stick your tongue out as if you were trying to touch your chin with the tip of your tongue. Keep your tongue out in this position for a count of 10 and then repeat this 5 times.
  4. Sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling. Count to 10 while while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Next move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible, hold for a count of 5 and repeat this five times.
  5. Lie on your back on your bed with your head hanging down and over the edge. Bring your head up toward your torso and keep it there as you count to 10. Relax and lower your head towards the floor again. Repeat 5 times.
  6. Sit upright and face forward. While keeping your lips together, separate your teeth by dropping your jaw and then push your jaw forward. Do this for a count of 10, before returning to the sitting upright and face forward starting position. For added resistance use your hand to push against your jaw. Repeat 5 times.

These exercises will help with certain pain in the muscles of facial expression. These exercises also have the added advantage of toning up your face and making you look younger without a facelift or Botox!

Again, if any exercise causes pain, stop immediately.
You can always try it another time without as much effort or with fewer repetitions.

 

 
 
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