DID YOU KNOW?
Headaches are sometimes caused by pain and stiffness in another area of the body, like the neck and shoulders.
Studies have shown that many of the estimated 7 million Australians who are affected by chronic headaches also suffer from migraines. This debilitating disorder often results from high levels of stress possibly combined with lack of sleep. For persons seeking relief, massage aids in the management and treatment of tension headaches and migraines.
Causes of Tension Headaches
Tension headaches occur as pain around the temple and behind the eyes; referred pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms; tightness or a constricting feeling in the head; muscle spasms or pain; and pain in the jaw. Causes may include:
hormonal and chemical changes
muscle spasm, strain and stiffness
stress and anxiety
Causes of Migraines
Migraines are still a mystery to some extent. Often severe, they may last for several days usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting, along with sensitivity to light and sound. Causes may include:
blood sugar regulation
hormonal and chemical changes
Benefits of Massage Therapy for Headaches
Regular massage acts in a preventative role to help the body stay relaxed and stress free! Massage significantly reduces the chances of the onset of migraines and tension related headaches by relaxing muscle spasms and releasing trigger points. In the event of the onset of a migraine or tension related headache, massage functions as a relieving treatment to ease the pressure brought on by the conditions.
Massage influences production of certain hormones that play an important role in the regulations of mood, sleep and appetite. Studies concluded that persons who receive massage therapy experience fewer headaches, migraines and distress symptoms. Additionally, they sleep better with few disruptions.
So if you suffer and feel that massage maybe able to help you, contact me on 0437 657 050
In the meantime, try these hints to give you some relief...
Self-Administered Massage to Relieve Headaches
Use the tips of your fingers to find tenders spots along your cheek bones - starting on either side of your nose at nostril level - then use firmer pressure on those spots until pain eases, or use circular motions until the pain passes.
Rest your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears and use your fingertips to gently rub your temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
Applying very firm pressure in a tiny circular motion, slowly move your fingers up along the hairline until they meet in the centre of your forehead.
Slowly massage your entire forehead and scalp. Rub your head, applying fairly strong rotating pressure, as if you were massaging in shampoo, paying attention to your scalp. Any tension will be released and little by little, you'll start to feel relaxed.
Place your thumbs at the back of your neck, on the base of your skull on the two sides of your spinal column. Tilt your head back a bit and press your thumbs in while pushing slightly upward. Then use your thumbs to make firm circular motions along the ridge of the base of your skull.