As a natural approach to treating headaches, massage is an excellent way to achieve relief from the life-interrupting sensations a bad headache can deliver. Typically, the most common two types of headaches treated with massage are recurring tension headaches and chronic migraine headaches.
This category of headaches is attributed to muscle spasms, issues with neck alignment, high stress levels, hormonal and chemical changes in your body, dehydration, and also anxiety. Tension headaches are accompanied by light sensitivity, sensitivity to loud sounds and noises, nausea, and other annoying symptoms that can interfere with your daily life. Frequently these headaches start with a feeling of tightness in the back of the head that gradually moves around and situates itself into the upper forehead, eyes, neck, and shoulder areas.
Migraine headaches are a bit different then tension headaches but many of the symptoms are similar. Migraines tend to be accompanied by a sensitivity to both light and sound and can also produce nausea or vomiting but these headaches are attributed to neurological and vascular issues, problems with your body’s blood sugar regulation, and environmental irritants among other causes.
As a non-pharmacological way to treat headaches and their symptoms, massage can help address headache pain by boosting your blood flow, relieving muscle tension and general muscle aches, encouraging the regulation of your body’s endorphins, promoting relaxation, improving the quality of your sleep, and more.
When heading in for your next appointment, be sure to talk opening with your massage therapist about your headaches so they can help you find much needed relief!