Are you on the computer a lot?
Even if you don’t have a desk job, chances are you’re on your phone a significant portion of every day.
Well, maybe everyone else is…not YOU right? 😛
According to a 2015 report from The Vision Council, about 61 percent of Americans have experienced eye strain after prolonged use of electronic devices — that’s nearly 2 out of every 3 people!
And…even if you’re not on your phone a lot, there are some other surprising ways you can strain your eyes that have nothing to do with a digital screen. In fact, that’s how I stumbled across this one weird technique that can instantly get rid of a headache (if the cause is eye strain, or tight fascia in and around your eyeball).
In the video you’ll hear my story of a 4 hour harrowing winter mountain drive that had me fixated on the road, how this led to a raging headache and then…
I’m going to show you how to release your eyeball fascia in today’s episode! So get ready for some seriously awkward moments. Feel free to laugh at me, and then I hope you laugh at yourself as you try this!
Even if you don’t get headaches, your eyes are probably getting strained on a regular basis. I mean…no matter your age, career, hobbies or where you live in the world, chances are you’re peering intently at that tiny cell phone screen at least 2 hours a day. Your eyeball and surrounding fascia may be overworked and restricted, even without the presence of headaches.
You may just experience a feeling of spaciousness in your noggin and eyes that you haven’t had in a while.
We’re targeting the fascia of the tiny muscles in the eyelids, eyebrows, eyeball and specifically the fascia behind your eyeball (the fascia bulbi, pictured to the left).
This technique might seem really weird, but if you think about it…we have a LOT of tiny muscles all around the eyeball! And every muscle in the body contains layers of fascia. Not to mention, every nerve ending in the body is coated in a piece of fascia and the optic nerve is no different!
The lateral and medial rectus muscles lay on the eyeball laterally and medially, and the suspensory ligament (fascia) holds the eye’s lens in place!
ALL this fascia, like any fascia in the body, can get tight and restricted. What happens to restricted fascia? It can most certainly cause pain. It also restricts blood flow! Our eyes need blood as much as any other part of the body, and if the fascia in and around our eyes is really tight…it won’t flow in as freely.
Please watch the video for the demonstration and the best result. Keep in mind while watching, I was demoing a few moments of doing this, but you’ll want to do MORE than I did in the video. Read below for full HOW TO details!
First of all and most importantly:
DO THIS VERY VERY VERY GENTLY!!!!!
STEP 1: Use your pointer and index fingers to feel around your eyeball for any spot that feels sore. Chances are the sore spot will be in the BACK of your eye and it might feel like you’re poking your fingers into your eye socket, but if you go gently – it’s not dangerous, it just looks and feels weird!) When you find it, PIN your eyelid there to your eyeball. Again – do this GENTLY!
STEP 2: Keeping your fingers in place (they’re your pinning “tool” for this technique), raise your eyebrows. Do this sloowwwly. You could try letting your eyebrows come back down, then raise them again.
STEP 3: With eyebrows raised (OR while moving the eyebrows up and down) MOVE YOUR EYEBALL IN CIRCLES. Try one direction for a few repetitions, then go the other way.
STEP 4: Try moving your eyes side to side. This targets slightly different muscles than the circles.
TIPS: Do all of this for about 20-30 seconds at a time, then take your fingers off, open your eyes slowly and let the light come back in. Your vision may feel blurry for a few moments! When your eyes recover, feel around again. If there are still sore spots, repeat steps 1-4. You might find sore spots towards your nose or laterally toward your cheekbones, and most likely behind your eyeball or way back in the socket. I can’t stress this enough: DO ALL OF THIS VERY VERY GENTLY!
While releasing your eyeball fascia can help AFTER you get a headache or experience eyestrain, I think we could all benefit from this suggestion of how to keep our eyes HEALTHY to begin with:
If you work on a computer, every 20 minutes or so look up at distant objects. This lets your eyes readjust to the world instead of a screen, it relaxes your eyes and the muscles around them, and you’ll blink more which brings moisture back to your eyes.
And my personal favorite:
Eyes need natural light to stay healthy, along with a variety of big and small, far and near objects to focus on, and of course – looking at the world is good not only for our eyes but our souls too.
Go ahead and try the technique right now and let me know how it goes! Are your eyeballs sore? Then they definitely need it.
What did you feel while doing this?
If you had a headache, did it go away?
Did you feel ridiculous doing this? Good! I hope you got to laugh at yourself a little today.
Next time you get a headache or feel your eyes straining, give this a try.
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As always, I hope you’re learning to trust your body so you can adventure through life with confidence!
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