Nothing is more annoying than a pounding, throbbing headache.
Taking prescription pills, panadol and medicines are the go-to solution these days. Little thought turns to more natural solutions, such as massage therapy.
What is a migraine?
It is a neurological disorder that can be very distressing and disabling. It is a one-sided throbbing headache pain that is moderately intense. Often, it is associated with nausea and vomiting. Typically a lack of sleep and high stress levels are the main cause of migraines.
Another type of headache- tension headaches are usually felt on both sides of the head. It is a pressing or tightening sensation rather than a throbbing headache.
Massage is your treat
Massage therapy will soothe tension headaches and migraine pain. It is the best alternative treatment to relieve pain and get rid of tension headaches.
Massage involves rubbing, pressing, kneading and stroking the muscles and tissues of the body. Though massage therapy is not accepted by all as a headache remedy, there is evidence that massage can ease migraine pain as well as lessen the number of migraine attacks.
There are a number of studies all over the world that prove massage therapy decreases headaches.A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that headache frequency was significantly reduced within the first week of massage therapy.
Another research conducted by the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute, it was discovered- ‘Massage therapy subjects reported fewer symptoms and more headache-free days and showed an increase in serotonin (mood-enhancing hormones released by body) levels when compared to a control group.’
Research has shown that massage can do the following-
- Decrease tension
- Reduce depression/anxiety
- Eliminate the use of medications
- Reduce anger
- Alleviate the pain
- Release tension in the muscles
- Increase cervical range of motion
- Promotes the release of endorphins and serotonin hormones
- Improves sleep
- Reduces stress and anxiety
Massage is a safe, natural way to find relief from migraine and tension headaches. Getting massage therapy will help soothe the tired muscles and relieve the unwanted stress and anxiety.
One Korean research shows, “patients who got massage five minutes before cataract surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who went into surgery without any kind of rubdown.” Also, massage therapy helps you get a restful sleep which is a very good treatment for headaches.
So, add a regular massage in your healthcare regime and eliminate migraines from your life for good.