Migraine Problems? Try trigger point massage therapy
Symptoms of a Migraine
- Neck stiffness – The relationship between neck and head is like that between horses and carriages; both of them are located so close to each other. Stiffening of the neck is one of the first symptoms of a migraine. One may say that migraine begins with neck stiffness.
- Irritability – Irritability and anger are generally associated with the first phase of a migraine.
- Frequent yawning – Generally yawning means our brain is trying to stay awake in spite of being tired. Yawning means the brain needs more oxygen and is thus trying to gulp as much air as possible. Yawning is considered as a dopamine-generating activity. About 36% of people suffering from migraine reported frequent yawning as the forthcoming sign of a migraine attack.
- Aura – Some patients report experiencing migraine aura. They generally see jagged luminous lines, shimmering spots, and twinkling stars. Some even report momentary blindness.
- Abnormal increase in urination frequency – The increase in urination frequency may start about an hour or even two days prior to the start of a migraine.
- Hyperactivity – Hyperactivity generally appears as a warning sign among kids suffering from migraine.
- Fatigue – Migraine fatigue affects more than 70% of patients. The feeling of tiredness has a crippling effect for the time being on the patients and it hampers their quality of life.
- Craving for food – Prior to the impending migraine attack, patients have reported cravings for certain foods. Patients should recognize the pattern and take it as a warning sign.
- Depression – There is a certain drop in mood prior to a migraine attack. Dopamine is generally known as the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitter. Dopamine regulates the emotional cycle. Any drop in the level of dopamine leads to depression.
Trigger point massage therapy treatment
A trigger point is like a muscle knot or nodule formed in the muscle fibers. These points sometimes act like cramps in the localized muscle tissues. These trigger points shouldn’t be ignored as they can cause serious pain or even a migraine.
The trigger point massage therapy works as it targets the root cause of a migraine – the muscle knots. As the trigger point, massage therapy gets applied to the targeted regions the focus is to fix the knots and restore the muscle fibers to their original size and shape. It is advisable to approach professionals for proper application of trigger point massage therapy.