Hands up if you have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of your regular headaches?
You have done the whole dark rooms, sleep, silence and even resorted to painkillers – which obviously work temporarily but as soon as they wear off – bam your headache is back.
You’re at a loss and your doctor tells you medically you’re fine – you just need to sleep more and relax. Easier said than done. If it were that simple, you would have done it already! No one enjoys suffering from headaches ..... which is why I love massage therapy so much!
Given that 50% of the global population suffer from a headache disorder, and migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world – I am grateful that I have the training to help reduce your pain and work out a long term treatment plan that doesn’t involve the drug store for my clients.
There are two main ways that a massage therapist can help get rid of those regular headaches.
Trigger Points, Muscle Spasms & Overall tension: A therapist can use their skills to ease muscle tension, which is one of the most common causes of headaches. For example, the back of your skull is one of the most pleasing and popular targets for massage in the human body. By massaging this point, you will experience deep relaxation, while working on a spot that has proven therapeutic benefits for tension headaches.
Supporting Hormone Regulation: Regular massages can positively help the production of hormones that play a very important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite. All of which impact our stress and health overall. Being tired, low blood sugar and feeling grumpy will all affect the severity and frequency once can experience headaches.
When your therapist designs your treatment plan be sure to ensure that you include other environmental and lifestyle adjustments that you can start right away to get the best results from your regular treatment. Things like sitting straight in your chair at work, have the right kind of pillow when you sleep, reducing your caffeine intake, trying to get the right amount of sleep and moving your body around with regular exercise all help reduce muscle strains and tension and therefore headaches.
At the end of the day, it’s the simple yet effective nature of easing muscle tension that then reduces pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them which will help eliminate When your massage therapist reduces the pressure in your body, it opens up the gateway for oxygen rich blood to heal you, reduce your pain and make you feel better!
So next time you make a move to get another Advil, remember that masking the pain with a drug store remedy will not stop them in the long run – instead book yourself a Mind Relaxer massage treatment at Spa la Vie!