Find Headache and Migraine Relief In Albuquerque

Let’s just say it…migraines and headaches are awful! They’re a painful, debilitating, and all-too-common problem for many people. It’s estimated that up to 13% of the US population suffers from migraines and 16.5% suffer from headaches. You will find that many people seek over-the-counter or prescription drugs to ease their pain and prevent migraines or headaches. You, however may want to consider adding massage into your regular routine instead. 

Research has shown that massage can improve headache pain and sometimes even eliminate it. Massage also decreases the frequency of migraines.
But what exactly are migraines and headaches how can massage help?
Migraines are typically felt as a severe pain in the head accompanied by light and sound sensitivity, sometimes nausea, and even visual disturbances.

Headaches on the other hand can take form in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head. Headaches may even be isolated to a certain location, radiate cross the head from one point, or have a viselike quality. A headache may appear as a sharp pain a throbbing sensation or a dull ache.

Surprisingly for many decades migraines were believed to be vascular in nature. It was thought that the blood vessels in the head and neck would spasm or dilate excessively causing significant decreases and/or increases in blood flow resulting in migraine symptoms. However, in recent years, studies have shown that migraines are much more likely neurological in nature. 

Headaches on the other hand tend to be most commonly tension related but there are over 150 different types of headaches which surprisingly is a little known fact. I also find it amazing when people believe that experiencing headaches more than once or twice a year is normal. A headache or migraine is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong or something needs your attention. 

Now that we understand there is a major neurological component to migraines, and tension related issues to the majority of headaches, it’s easier to understand how massage can benefit those who suffer from these debilitating conditions. Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, the part that calms us. This portion of the nervous system is responsible for regulating our breathing, slowing our heart rate, returning our blood pressure to normal, and overall keeping the body relatively stress-free. Massage is also key in releasing stubborn or severe muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. With these proven benefits from massage it’s no wonder that massage can help.

In a 2006 study¹, weekly massage sessions were shown to decrease migraine frequency and improve sleep quality. A gentle, yet focused massage to the back, neck, shoulders, scalp, and face seems to be the most effective in helping those who suffer from migraines as well as headaches.

Now some of you may have been thinking this entire time that massage during a migraine may seem out of the may have even been thinking I must not know what I am talking about because most people experience intense touch sensitivity and aversion to light sounds and just about everything. You might have been imagining a therapist trying to first address your head during a migraine but just because your head hurts doesn’t mean when massage is performed for a migraine that the only way to find relief is by massaging your head. There are points on the feet and hands that support the decrease of symptoms.The fact that massage is great for people who suffer from headaches and migraines is thought to be due to the calming effect on the entire nervous system, thereby decreasing the abnormal neurological signals that are being perceived and the tension in the muscles that might be making your head ache.

So before your next migraine hits, or if you are currently suffering from a headache consult your doctor and schedule regular “Silver Tier” massage appointments at Body Potions Emporium in Albuquerque. Let Body Potions Emporium help keep all of that at bay.

References: ¹ A randomized, controlled trial of massage therapy as a treatment for migraine. Lawler SP1, Cameron LD. Mayo Clinic Definition of Headaches.


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