After a long week of work, are your eyes tired or dry? Having trouble focusing on the screen or your favourite book? Try Palming – it can help to relax muscles around the eyes and improve lubrication in the eye, assisting with fatigue, strain and dry eyes. It also may help to reduce headaches.
Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy in North Vancouver and today I want to talk about headaches and vision. So it’s been a long work week here, everyone is back into work flow now, lots of hours on that computer. so if you have headaches or neck pain or sometimes even people with concussion have issues with visual strain or eyes being dry or headaches that might connect to reading or looking at screens. So one technique you can try is called palming and I’ve learned this recently from an optometrist that I’ve worked with and basically we use our hands to put some pressure on our eyes to help relax the muscles of the eyes and to help to lubricate the eye so dry eyes are improved. So often it helps to lessen tension and to lessen headaches. So the technique that we do is we take both hands, so if you’re sitting at your computer, had a long day, feeling tired, warm up your hands if they feel cold of course first, and then putting hands over your face, covering so your fingers are crossing each other and you can even rest your elbows on your desk and putting your palms over your eyes. Something like this and then just letting it rest there. So not too heavy and not putting too much pressure on my eyes, just a little bit of pressure and letting it relax for a minute or two minutes. You may find then that your eyes feel much more relaxed. It may help lessen headaches and help increase some of the fluid in the eyes so you don’t have dry eyes. So if you have any other questions, check out our website at www.body-works.ca. Or if there is any other topics you might be interested in, please let us know and we’d be happy to put some information out there to help you along.