Massage is Therapy for Tension Headaches

The muscles at the base of the skull when tight can cause tension headaches. Neuromuscular massage can relieve the tension in these muscles and thereby relieve the headache. Especially if you have recurrent tension headaches, a good massage is the answer.


What Can Neuromuscular Massage Treat?

Excess tension in muscles causing pain.

Restricted blood flow which delays healing.

Restricted range of motion in the joints limiting activity.

Compression of structures upon nerves causing sharp pain.

Postural distortion caused by overuse of muscles on one side, and underuse on the other.

Referred pain where trigger points of high electrical activity sends pain to other areas of the body.

The Difficulty with Treating Recurring Headaches

The biggest problem with treating ongoing headaches is getting a proper diagnosis.
There are more than 300 recognized causes for headaches, and just over half of the people who suffer severe headaches are properly diagnosed.

Many sinus headaches are really migraine headaches with underlying muscular causes that can treated with neuromuscular massage.

Some tension headaches are so severe that they’re misdiagnosed as migraines. Using migraine medicine won’t treat the underlying cause of these headaches, but neuromuscular massage will.

Many adults suffer from stress headaches that are the result of muscles in the back of the neck and scalp tightening which can be relieved by neuromuscular massage.

It is important to get a proper diagnosis for severe headaches to rule out any possibility of tumor or other life-threatening condition, but before you resort to a new regimen of drug therapies, consider seeing a neuromuscular massage therapist first.

Neuromuscular Massage for Migraines

So who would want to suffer with severe pain, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to sound and light, touch and smell as well as numbness or tingling in the extremities or face?

No one … For those people who suffer with migraine headaches, neuromuscular massage can bring relief.

In a recent study conducted at the Henry Ford Hospital, those patients who received neuromuscular massage reported fewer headaches, as well as a reduction in the duration and intensity of their headaches when receiving regular neuromuscular massage treatment.

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Tension Headaches and Trigger Points

Tension-type headaches are common and can be greatly relieved by massage. Headaches can be caused by referral pain from trigger points in the muscles of the neck and head. Often, the symptoms are pain that runs up through the temple, or around the eye, or across the forehead. These are classic signs of trigger points that can be treated with neuromuscular massage.

Massage Can Relieve Headaches

Approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. It’s one of the most common complaints to doctors. While over the counter drugs are effective in relieving the pain in the short run, massage therapy is effective in relieving the pain of migraine and tension headaches in the long run.

Tension headaches can be triggered by stress, dehydration, hormonal changes, neck alignment, muscular pressure on trigger points, and muscle spasms. Tension headaches often feel like tightness in the head, referred pain to the neck, shoulders and arms, pain in the jaw or pain at the temple or behind the eyes. Massage therapy directly addresses the cause of tension headaches.

There are a constellation of causes for Migraine headaches which include many of the same symptoms as tension headaches, but also include sensitivity to light or sound, along with nausea and vomiting. Massage therapy cannot cure migraine headaches, although it can lessen the frequency and duration of migraines.

Massage therapy relieves muscle spasms and can help loosen chronically tight muscles or bands of tissue. This helps with muscle balance and neck alignment. Loosening the muscles at the base of the skull can relieve those headaches that travel up the back of the head and behind the eyes.

Massage can increase endorphin levels which promotes relaxation. Massage can also decrease cortisol levels. Cortisol, the stress hormone, when out of balance, is often the culprit in sleep disturbances. For many people who suffer with headaches, lowering stress levels and getting better quality sleep results in fewer headaches.