Exercises To Reduce Intracranial Pressure

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Exercises To Reduce Intracranial Pressure
Exercises To Reduce Intracranial Pressure

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When the brain, "floating" in a special fluid (cerebrospinal fluid), experiences increased pressure, it reacts to it with pain. And so sharp, strong that even powerful analgesic drugs do not help. Often venous blood accumulates in the brain due to deteriorated outflow, and intracranial pressure rises. To reduce it, in addition to drugs, massage, therapeutic exercises are prescribed. These exercises are simple and effective enough.

Intracranial pressure can rise not only with hydrocephalus, but also with hypertension, meningitis, trauma and cancerous brain tumors
Intracranial pressure can rise not only with hydrocephalus, but also with hypertension, meningitis, trauma and cancerous brain tumors

Stroking the neck

You will need a stick like a rolling pin with a length of half a meter. Take it in your hands, wrap it around the neck and stroke the cervical, vertebral muscles from top to bottom with it, helping the outflow of blood from the brain. Perform these movements daily three to four times for 15 minutes.

Neck muscle massage

Spread your fingers wide and wrap them around your head from behind. Use your thumbs to apply pressure to where the neck muscles begin. These are two bulges that protrude in the lower part of the back of the head, they are very sensitive when pressed. Gently, calmly massage your neck muscles from top to bottom for 15-20 minutes, preferably immediately after sleep and before going to bed.

Head tilts

Tilt your head: first up and down, then left and right, alternately pressing your chin to your chest, then your ears to your shoulders. Only very smoothly, slowly - fast, abrupt movements can lead to pinching of the vertebrae! Perform 10-15 times daily for three to four visits. Gradually complicate the exercise by creating resistance to bending with your hands.

Head rotation

Make circular movements with your head: clockwise and in the opposite direction. This exercise should also be done very smoothly, without sudden jerks, with the frequency of the previous task. If you suddenly feel dizzy, pause or move on to the next exercise.


Lying on your back, clasp your knees with both palms and slowly bring your bent legs closer to your chest - this is how a hedgehog curls up into a ball. Then the same thing, only in reverse order: gradually move your legs away from your chest, taking the original position. Gently raise your arms up and stretch with pleasure. Perform the exercise three to four times at first, gradually working up to ten to fifteen times.

On knees

This exercise is more difficult. His task is to walk on all fours, but not on the floor, but on a low and long (preferably on a special, gymnastic) bench. In doing so, of course, balance must be maintained. The exercise should be done slowly and calmly. First, move around the bench two to three times, then gradually increase the number of passes to eight to ten times. Take breaks between them if necessary.

Inhale - exhale

Respiratory gymnastics allows you to relieve muscle spasms and reduce intracranial pressure. Classic exercise: sit comfortably, inhale deeply through your nose and hold the air in your lungs without breathing for a couple of seconds. Then curl your lips into a narrow tube and gently exhale it with light effort. Do this relaxing exercise for one to five minutes.

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