Migraines can be debilitating. Every migraine sufferer usually takes some form of medication to help control the pain. Those medications can range from over the counter to abortive.

A natural way to manage the stress and pain from migraines that not so many people seek out is massage. As a holistic therapy, massage helps to relieve muscle spasms, improve blood flow, relieves tension and promotes relaxation. Studies have shown that massage brings relief for both tension and vascular headaches. At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we’re able to treat migraines through massage technique, essential oils, sound therapy and more.

Muscle Spasms or Tension:  Massage in the neck and shoulder regions can help to relax taught bands of tissue, loosening  the sub-occipitals (those muscles attached to the base of the skull),  which cause pain through tension that travels up through the back of the head and into the eye areas.

Hormone Regulation:  Hormonal chemical changes often trigger migraines. Cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone, can be controlled by massage therapy, which also increases endorphin production as well as stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Decrease Trigger Point Pain: Neuromuscular therapy, also known as trigger point therapy, targets hyper-irritable, tender, tissue areas that can refer pain to other parts of the body.

Improved Circulation: Massage has been shown to increase blood flow, which in turn improves oxygen levels and can help reduce pain over time.

We want to elaborate on the specific release techniques can include the sub-occipital release.  When this is performed, clients often feel the need to hold their heads up, believing they need to help the therapist when in actuality their relaxing into the therapist’s fingers will actually help the release.  By relaxing the head and neck, the therapist is able to feel the tension in the soft tissue break down and the clients head will slowly lower towards the table.  Sometimes this technique is done more than one time to allow other tension areas to relax.  Once the head lowers to the table easily, then the therapist knows the tissue is relaxed and can move on to other areas. 

This is just one of the many ways in which you’re able to experience migraine relief at Heal. Don’t let the pain of a headache or strain in your eyes prevent you from living or reducing your quality of life.

Massage can be effective in some people and can relieve migraines. However, it’s important to consult your doctor before undergoing massage therapy to relieve migraines in order to keep yourself protected against any unseen side effects.

Let us know if you have any questions or comment down below how massage therapy has helped your migraines!


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