Relieving Headaches With Massage

massageThere is nothing worse than when you feel that dull ache behind your eye or the pressure gets tighter and tighter around your forehead.  Headaches and migraines plague an increasing number of people and can affect everyday living by influencing mood, productivity and overall happiness.

Massage therapy can assist in treating headaches and migraines by:

  • Reducing the duration and frequency
  • Inducing relaxation
  • Reducing “tightness”
  • Relaxing muscle spasms

Treatment mainly focuses on massage of the neck, shoulders and head. It is also important to understand postural issues affecting your legs, hips, pelvis, and back can create the muscular tension causing your headaches and therefore a full body approach is required.

A recent study conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association revealed that patients who received massage had fewer migraines and better sleep quality during the weeks they received massage and for three weeks following compared to those who did not receive massage.

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