If you’re prone to frequent headaches, you’ve probably tried at least a few ways to reduce pain and tension. One tool you should know about, though, is massage therapy. If you’ve noticed that rubbing the headache area or putting pressure on specific points can help relieve some of the pain, then you could greatly benefit from a massage therapy session with our professional therapists. Here are some ways it can help relieve your headache or migraine.
Release Muscle Tension
Tension headaches are usually caused by muscle tension, as the name implies. These are usually indicated by dull pain on both sides of the head due to strain or stress in the neck or shoulders. Fortunately, a massage therapy session can be effective at releasing these tight muscles, sometimes through trigger point therapy. This technique applies pressure to specific places that can help to reposition and release the tense muscles that can cause pressure on nearby nerves or blood vessels during a headache.
Relieve Muscle Spasms
Certain types of headaches, sometimes called vascular headaches, are caused by interruption of the blood vessels because of muscles that spasm or constrict. This type sometimes includes migraines or cluster headaches. Relieving the spasms or constrictions that cause blood vessel dilation can increase blood flow to the area, reducing pain and tension. However, it’s not totally understood how vascular headaches interact with neurotransmitters in the brain, so you should be sure and speak with our physicians about your other treatment options and triggers.
Relax Anxiety with AromaTouch
Sometimes, a headache can reaffirm itself because of the body’s anxious or tense reaction to the pain, making the headache worse. Thus, relaxation techniques can be beneficial to calming and relaxing the mind and body. AromaTouch techniques offer a unique and gentle experience using essential oils tailored to your specific needs. These are applied using specific touch in locations that allow them to be most effective. This can be paired with a massage therapy session for maximum benefit to you and your symptoms.
Massage therapy can be highly effective at treating and preventing headaches in the hands of a professional, experienced massage therapist. Contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your options and see how massage therapy can benefit you.