Massage benefits are numerous but one of the most common issues I come in contact with are headaches. There are several types of headaches with the most common being the infamous Tension Headache. Tension can most often be relieved through massage therapy as well as prevent future headaches.
With the fast paced world we live in day to day today stress is very common. When we experience stress or anxiety we often begin to tense up our body. After a while you start to get sore and here comes Mr. Headache. What happens physiologically is the blood supply is being restricted to the muscles depleting your tissue of oxygen & vital nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. Toxins and lactic acid can start to build as well leaving you tense and sore. As it progresses so does your headache and relaxing those muscles can help give you relief.
If you are not sure what to do about your headache call your therapist and describe your symptoms so that she (me!) can get an idea of what to work on and how to maximize your visit. If you are not able to get in for an appointment here are some things you can try to help relieve symptoms:
But what about Migraines?
These types of headaches are still somewhat mysterious. They are believed to be caused by neck alignment, chemical/hormonal changes, neurological problems, vascular problems, environmental irritants, food sensitivities, and/or blood sugar regulation. Migraines can be very severe and can last up to several days. These headaches do usually come with some sensitivities, such as sensitivity to light, sound, and nausea or vomiting.
There is hope! Massage therapy has shown to decrease levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. Massage therapy also increases endorphins and stimulates the Para-Sympathetic Nervous system, therefore promoting relaxation.
Studies have shown that regular massage decrease the frequency and the duration of migraines leaving you happier and healthier!
If you suffer from headaches and migraines regularly I urge you to check with your doctor to eliminate any serious issues that may be causing them. Once you have the clear from your doctor talk with your therapist about developing a treatment plan to get you on a path of relief.