Massage for Migraines, Tension headaches etc.

There are a number of factors that contribute to headaches including stress & tension in the neck and shoulders, upper back and head. Tension headaches are typically caused by imbalance of the upper body: tight shoulders, neck or upper back. Migraines can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, or certain foods. Massage therapy techniques and benefits include:

  • deep tissue massage- this technique utilizes deep pressure applied to the areas of tension for release to relieve pain
  • trigger point therapy-  Trigger points are hyper spots in the muscles causing radiating pain. Pressure applied specifically and deeply to these points will release them allowing pain to dissipate
  • Swedish massage- Long strokes, kneading of muscles, and circular movements are used in this technique to encourage relaxation and increase blood flow.
  • Shiatsu Massage- This technique applies pressure along the meridians of the body to relieve tension and stress

Overall, massage therapy is an effective way to to alleviate and treat headaches and migraines by increasing blood flow and reducing tension in the body, increasing relaxation.