Do You Have a Headache? Call Your Massage Therapist
Do you know that an estimated 2.7 millions of Canadians suffer from headaches and migraines? The reason for this disorder can vary. The disorder can be debilitating and typically results from high-stress levels or lack of sleep. Most people often treat the headaches with over-the-counter or prescription medications. These treatments are surely effective but can be a temporary solution for a chronic problem.
Massage therapy has shown to be effective in treating tension headaches and migraine. Here are some benefits that massage therapy offers for your headaches.
The pressure created by the massage by a professional improves the circulation of blood. The blood flow in congested areas smoothens when new blood flows in. It helps to flush lactic acid out of the muscles. The improved circulation of the lymph fluid carries metabolic waste away from muscles. It also helps to reduce high blood pressure and improve the overall function of the body.
The general effects of massage influence the hormones and neurotransmitters that control mood. Stress can be one of the causes for your headache. The therapy triggers an increase in endorphins and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This helps to promote relaxation. Massage encourages the release of serotonin which brings positive effects. Dopamine and oxytocin are also elevated by massage.
Decreases Pain from Trigger Points
Trigger points are a type of massage therapy which targets areas of the muscles that have contracted and formed small, fibrous nodules. Pressing these points can produce pain in other areas. Trigger points are very tender to touch and also refer pain to other parts of the body. Massage therapy can help decrease the pain.
Relieves Muscle Tension
Tension headaches travel up to the back of the head and into the eye. Loosening the muscles at the base of the skull (suboccipital) can relieve the tension headaches. Massage therapy can help loosen tight muscles and tight bands on the tissue. Massage focuses on tense areas to release knots, tightness, and tension in the muscles of your neck and back.
Fewer Disruptions in Sleep
Sleep is an important aspect of well-being and health. Worries about financial problems, or stressful issues may hinder our quality of sleep. Regular massage sessions can help you relax by decreasing depression and anxiety levels. The release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, can help you feel calm and provide sound sleep. Not only it releases the brain chemicals but also reduces fatigue providing overall relaxation to the body. Massage therapy has also shown to decrease the frequency and duration of migraines.
One of the most exciting things about massage therapy is that it is a non-pharmacological treatment for headaches. Massage therapy is a treatment that is safe and effective. If you suffer from a chronic condition like headaches or migraines, book an appointment with us, we provide massage therapy in Edmonton.