One of the most common types of headaches are tension headaches, They occurs when the muscles of the head, face and neck start to tighten. This is why tension headache are often describe as a “pressure-like feeling” at the temples or as tightening bands around the forehead or along the base of the skull. Another type of headache are migraines described as “pounding” or “throbbing” type pain. They occur when the blood vessels that supply the brain and the muscles in the head swell and constrict. Migraine pain increase with physical activity and typically lasts from couple of hours or couple of days. They may associated with other symptoms such as vision problems, extreme sensitivity to light, or nausea.
How can Massage Therapy help with headaches and migraines?
Well, Massage therapy helps to relieve both types of headaches by relaxing tension that is held in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. When muscle tension relaxes, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply the muscles. Blood start to circulate, which also relieves pain. Massage therapy not only helps the muscles of the body to relax but also reduces the anxiety and mental stress that can cause headaches. Regular, ongoing massage therapy can also help to prevent headaches by helping to reduce overall stress and the muscle tension that can trigger headache pain and by helping to maintain emotional balance.
Now let’s go over some self-care tips….
- Drink plenty of water since dehydration can cause or even make the headache worst.
- Apply a cool cloth or ice pack to your forehead, temples, or back of the neck to ease headache pain.
- Massage your forehead, temples, and back of the neck to relieve muscle tension.
- Get plenty of rest.