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Can Massage Therapy Help with Headaches?



Massage therapy has so many benefits for our overall health. It can help with sleep, depression, anxiety, and tension, to name a few. You can even get massage as part of a regular wellness regime or go in for a specific concern.


Headaches are a common concern with people who seek out massage. Migraines, tension headaches, and sinus headaches are a few of the most common types of headaches that people experience on a daily basis. In order to treat these painful experiences, you have to figure out the root cause.


For some people, migraines and tension headaches are a regular part of everyday life. They could have a stressful, high demanding job or there could be an underlying concern causing the migraines. No matter what the issue, massage can definitely help to manage the pain and, in a lot of instances, alleviate it.


Constant computer work can definitely cause tension headaches. A lot of us are so focused on our work that we are not paying attention to how we are holding our head or what our posture looks like. If we are focused on the task, breaks are not at the forefront of our mind. The head could be slightly tilted back or turned in one direction for hours at a time. This puts strain on the suboccipital muscles at the back of the head and neck. This is where the tension headaches come from. Your massage therapist can focus on those muscles and the muscles in your upper back to help relieve this tension.


With the migraines, there are a lot of treatments that can be done to the neck and head to help manage them. Depending on the situation, they may not completely go away but massage can definitely help to lessen the severity and frequency of the migraines.


Research to find a therapist that specializes in these types of needs in your area and try to get on the schedule for regular treatment massages for a period of time. There is no need to stay in pain when there are excellent resources to help your body feel better!


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