Can a Remedial Massage Help to Relieve my Headache?

So you suffer from regular headaches?

Did you know that over 50% of the World’s population have suffered from some sort of headache in the last year and of these people around 30% have reported a migraine. 

4% of people worldwide have reported a headache on 15 or more days each month. That is huge, 4% of people are spending over half of the month with a headache.

Unfortunately, Headaches are part of the new normal, and for some people it’s been a lifelong struggle to live with the symptoms of headache related issues.

So how can we help to alleviate the symptoms? Panadol certainly won’t cut it, Remedial massage on the other hand might just do the trick.

Tension-Type Headaches are the most common occurring headache, they typically produce a strong constant pain or pressure on both sides of the head or forehead, often being described as a dull ache sometimes with pain radiating into the neck, shoulders, and arms.

Tension-Type headaches are commonly caused by stress or musculoskeletal impingement in the neck, shoulders and head area.

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This is where Remedial massage comes in, helping people relax and relieving muscle aches and pains is what we do best! So let’s dive a little deeper…

Remedial massage can help relieve tension headaches by releasing overly tight head, neck and shoulder muscles through Remedial Massage techniques such as trigger point therapy and stretching exercises. Trigger point therapy works by applying pressure to those sensitive sore spots of the muscle often described as a ‘knot’. The pressure helps to increase blood flow to the area, allowing required nutrients to relax the muscle fibres. It can feel uncomfortable and even replicate the symptoms you feel when you experience headaches, however this won’t last long.

Stretching works by lengthening shortened muscle fibres, increasing flexibility, improving range of motion, and ultimately reducing pain and stiffness.

Massage therapy as a whole not only helps the muscles of the body to relax, but also effectively reduces mental stress that can cause headaches.

A study where sufferers received regular head and neck massage was shown to reduce the frequency and duration of tension-type headaches in participants. The participants received half-hour massages twice a week for 4 weeks following with a baseline period of 4 weeks with no treatment. The study found headache frequency was reduced within 1 week of massage treatment compared with baseline levels and was maintained during the 4 weeks of treatment. A reduction in the average duration of each headache was also noted. The researchers concluded that massage therapy was an effective non-pharmacological intervention for the treatment of chronic tension headache.

As you can see remedial massage is an effective way to reduce frequency, duration and also help to prevent the occurrence of tension-type headaches. You can have more frequent massages depending on your symptoms. If you have any questions feel free to contact our clinic or book in to see myself for an initial consultation to discuss how Remedial Massage Therapy can help you!

Erin x 

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