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Old 10-06-2005, 03:10 PM   #1
Jeremy Jones
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I get headaches when I do a lot grappling, such as in an all day seminar, or a class that lasts 2 hours or more. The headache usually radiates from the back of my head.

as a background: usually there is a lot of getting thrown, and getting back up. There is also a lot of bodyweight on your chest for extended periods of time. We aren't striking to the head or anything like that.

I am not sure if it is low blood pressure or something, but it sucks. I used to have pretty low blood pressure and would get dizzy standing up too fast all the time. Now it doesn't happen as much.

I take a multi vit, and 12 caps of fish oil every day. My diet is eyeball-zone lazy-paleo. I am 6'4" about 185 lbs, 7-8% bf.


I have a 3 day seminar this weekend and I am looking for any tips to help resolve this issue.
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Old 10-06-2005, 03:35 PM   #2
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Could be neck tension. You're likely spending a lot of time with your chin tucked to your chest, whether to take a throw or avoid a choke. I get headaches that sound pretty similar after a few hours of judo. They usually start at a point just behind my left ear. Do the muscles in the back of your neck feel really tight afterward?
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Old 10-07-2005, 03:56 PM   #3
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No, I don't notice much tension in my neck that I can remember.

I can touch my chin to my chest pretty easily, all the time.


You did make me remember that I think a lot of it has to do with the jarring of my head. Not that it is slamming on the mat, but it does sustain some extra G's.

which makes me think back to blood pressure or something.
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Old 10-08-2005, 10:27 PM   #4
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I get those to. stretching out my jaw after a tough workout did the trick for me. i'm sure i look like a kook but it works for me. sitting down and deep relazing breaths seem to be pretty key.
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Old 10-10-2005, 04:59 PM   #5
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Made it through the 3 day seminar without too much trouble. We didn't have too much throwing this time either. I am going to work with jaw stretching (I have a history of jaw problems) and try to practice better breathing.
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:25 AM   #6
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same here with the history of a messed up jaw. i haven't tried it yet but I had a buddy recommend cranio-sacrel massage, said it really did the trick for his jaw and headaches.

what kind of seminar was it?
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:38 AM   #7
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Moving to Injuries...
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Old 10-14-2005, 09:48 AM   #8
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Shootfighting with Bart Vale.

Been doing them twice a year for 7 years or so.
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:20 PM   #9
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Jeremy,
I went through something like that once. Turns out I was holding my breath without thinking about it. Just a thought....
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