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Can strengthening your neck muscles prevent headaches?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Yes. Headache pain can come from weak neck muscles - you feel the pain in your upper back and it goes to you lower neck then upper neck as progressive weak muscles compensate for too much computer or bridge time. If the muscles of your upper back are sore, it may be weakness of the trapezius muscle in your upper back. Getting symptomatic relief and taking analgesics so you can exercise is first order. Strengthening the trapezius muscle can reduce such pain by over 80 percent.

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