If you’ve ever experienced a migraine you know how debilitating they can be, causing severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.
You might feel as though you’ve tried everything you can to relieve the pain you feel during your migraine episodes, but have you ever incorporated massages in between migraines to help alleviate some of the discomfort that comes with migraines?
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. The most common treatment for migraines at Heal. would be through massage therapy.
Here’s a little bit of how a massage might help you when there’s no where to turn when the migraines hit:
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.
Not only is a massage a great stress-relieving, pain-alleviating treatment, people find tremendous relief from headache problems even after one session. In fact, with focus on the muscles and points of the body connected to headaches, migraine sufferers who receive regular massage experience fewer migraines and sleep better during the week of their massages.
There are specific techniques that your massage therapist will incorporate into your session if the goal is to, over-time, reduce the pain/duration frequency of migraines.
Regularly scheduled massages might be what saves you from the isolating, painful and at times suffocating migraine periods that also play a big part in your overall mental and physical well-being.
If you are ready to feel lighter, calmer and reduce the impact headaches/migraines have on you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
All of our massage therapists can help you to find the relief you need.
If this sounds like you, feel free to give us a call at 407-300-5364 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have or to book your massage.
You are made to feel whole, healthy and well. We’re here for you!