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In the United States alone, more than 60% of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches suffer from migraines. The disorder can be debilitating and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep. So it's no wonder why so many people want to know how to relieve tension headaches.
Massage Therapy has two roles when it comes to treating migraines and tension related headaches: In a proactive role, Massage Therapy treatments are performed on a regular basis to help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.
In a comfort role, Massage Therapy is done to ease the pressure brought on during a migraine or tension related headache. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, Massage Therapy can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by migraine or tension headaches.
A recent study showed that Massage Therapy recipients exhibited fewer migraines and better sleep quality during the weeks they received Massage Therapy, and the three weeks following, than did participants that did not receive Massage Therapy. Another study found that in adults with migraine headaches, Massage Therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms. It also increased serotonin levels, believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.
Headache Massage Therapy Benefits:
Decreases occurrences of tension headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms
Allows one to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief, reducing the chances of stress induced migraines
Massage Therapy for headaches can also reduce muscle spasms and trigger points
"I put the 6 month challenge to the test and now I no longer experience back pain like I use to. The cramps in my legs I use to experience are practically gone." ~Sheldon B.
"I started having massages with Ryan every 2 weeks. The pain that was excruciating before is no longer there. I don't give up my massages for anything. Thank you so much Ryan!" ~Rebekah H.
"I've been getting a massage every 4 weeks from Ryan for a few years now. People are telling me that I am looking younger and more vibrant. I give credit to my regular massages." ~Tim G.
If you're looking to receive Massage Therapy that reduces tension headaches, regular Massage Therapy Appointments at Body Smirks can be a powerful ally.