A bit about Muscle Management®
It is useful to understand that you have 600+ muscles that serve together as a team to keep you upright and moving. When any one of your muscles is out of balance, stressed or in a state of unhealthy tension, every team member takes on additional tasks to compensate.
For example, consider that our body orchestrates and coordinates over 200 muscles to take one smooth step...
When I observe someone limping, I 'see' various components unable to blend and coordinate within that essential motion.
What muscles are out of balance and unable to participate smoothly?
Which ones are compensating?
Where do I begin to 'manage' my muscular health?
You can begin right here and now by learning more about your body. This is the only body you get and you might as well learn as much as you can about taking better care of it and aiding it in a long, healthy, and active life. (I like His Holiness the Dalai Lama's observation about knowing the rules in life, so when you bend the rules, at least you know it.) Let's begin with your muscles, you have over 600.
Muscles have characteristics similar to sponges.
Exercise, movement, stretching, drinking adequate fluids, massage, etc. Use'm.
This is entirely up to you, so let's put it in this perspective. Consider stretching as a daily apology to your muscles and body for the stresses you share with them...daily. With that in mind, when do you find it most appropriate to apologize for any situation? Personally, I find it best to apologize ASAP. So, in the middle of a hike, a long morning working, after sitting or standing at a computer for a while, any physical event....which translates into often.
When it comes to managing your muscles... pay attention.
Go into stretches slowly and pay attention to how you feel. Treat resistance and discomfort with respect. You might schedule a session at your local gym with a professional trainer to give you one on one guidance. Remember, you are worth the investment.
It is useful to understand that you have 600+ muscles that work together as a team to keep you upright and moving. When any one of these muscles is stressed, every one of the team members is affected. Should muscular tension (un-ease) be a factor in a headache, then balancing the foundational muscles in your back is important. The chain of tension can contribute to a headache caused by tension. (The Nose Ring)
Before you enter any self-help therapy, consult your Physician and get qualified advice on these stretches. Then consider how long you have had this pain/tension and that "drive-thru instantaneous healing" is a very rare commodity. It may be a few weeks or even months before you see a noticeable change. This system is a long term one. So what if you need to stretch every day for the rest of your life!!! I have one client that over a period of years, her 'knock knees' straightened out to the point where she no longer needed wedge adjustments to her XC ski boot bindings!
When your body is in balance, the skeleton provides the primary support for holding you upright in gravity. Your body is continually dealing with gravity. Consider this process as a primary automatic "computer/brain" program that enables you to stand up and move. It does so with the 600+ muscles tightening and relaxing while the skeleton bears most of the weight.
You can start right here, right now.