Almost all of us have suffered from the pain of a tension headache. They usually can last a few hours, some up to several days. Many tension headaches include sensitivity to light and even cause nausea. This seriously impacts your daily life especially when they occur frequently or for an extended period of time. Massage is one natural alternatives that helps to relieve these types of headaches while avoiding the side effects from over-the-counter headache medications.
Many tension headaches are joined by neck pain, and headache sufferers find that manual therapies such as massage offer relief. Massage therapy relaxes tense muscles, relieves muscle spasms, improves blood flow and aids relaxation, it can be helpful for relieving the pain of tension headaches. Muscle tension headaches produce dull, constant pain on both sides of the head and may also involve an aching neck. Tension headaches will most likely start slowly and can last a couple of hours to few days. Ouch! Vascular headaches are what many people describe as “pounding” or “throbbing.” These occur when the blood vessels that supply the brain and the muscles in the head swell and constrict. Vascular headache pain intensifies with physical activity and typically lasts from 4 to 72 hours. It may be associated with other symptoms such as vision problems, extreme sensitivity to light, and nausea.
So how does massage help with relieving headache pain? Massage therapy helps to relieve headaches by easing the muscle tension, spasms, and relaxing the tension held in the muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck. When the tension eases, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. Circulation improves, which relieves the pain. Massage therapy not only helps the muscles of the body to relax but also effectively reduces the anxiety and mental stress that can cause or complicate headaches. Regular massage appointments can also help to prevent headaches by reducing stress and muscle tension, helping to maintain emotional balance.