Let’s get straight to the point, any type of chronic pain can interfere with the ability to enjoy all that life has to offer but migraines take a big slice of the cake when it comes to annoying, persistent, and debilitating symptoms. Accompanied by severe throbbing pain, pulsing sensations, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes even extreme sensitivity to light and sound, migraines can cause disabling pain that can last for a few hours up to a week.
While medications may be an appropriate course of action for some sufferers as advised by doctors, additional remedies like massage may be able to deliver much needed relief. Although the root cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, there are two categories of widely attributed factors including genetic and environmental factors.
These culprits cause imbalances in brain chemicals, changes in the brainstem, and its ability to interact with the major pain pathway of the trigeminal nerve. Serotonin levels, attached to your central nervous system also can play a role. Triggering factors in migraines include:
- Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in estrogen as seen in pregnancy or menopausal women, or induced through hormonal medications.
- Foods: Processed foods with high salt levels can also trigger migraines. Additionally fasting or frequently skipping meals is cited as a contributing factor.
- Alcohol: Wine in particular or else highly caffeinated beverages can cause migraines.
- Sensory overload: Glaring light, loud music, strong odors, and other rich sensory stimuli can result in migraine symptoms.
Massage for Migraines
As an excellent method to manage stress and relieve anxiety and tension, massage offers many benefits to migraine sufferers. While calming the central nervous system, reducing stress hormone production, boosting good endorphins and promoting circulation of blood, lymph, and the removal of toxins, massage can reduce the severity and frequency of migraine bouts. Talk to one of our professional staff members today about how we can help you experience relief!