Massage has a long history of being an effective remedy for headache suffers. Massage therapy helps reduce the effects of both tension and vascular headaches by:
- Promoting relaxation
- Increasing blood flow the areas being massaged and surrounding muscles
- Relieving muscle tension
- Alleviating muscle spasms
- Calming the nervous system
- Releasing the “feel-good” endorphins
Depending on the stage of your migraine, the type of massage that you should receive may vary. For the more intense, full blown migraines, a more subtle modality such as Cranial Sacral work may be more beneficial, if you are able to go receive treatments. Having a therapist doing a lot of deep work and increasing the blood flow may only add to the pulsating pain you may be feeling, so wait on deeper, more aggressive massage work. When your symptoms are less severe, or when you are not experiencing a migraine, Deep Tissue work and Trigger Point or Neuromuscular massage treatments may work amazingly at helping to prevent the next migraine from occurring. A lot of Asian modalities, such as Shiatsu and Tui Na, are both excellent at treating and preventing both tension and vascular headaches as well.
If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from migraines, give massage therapy a try at helping to reduce the frequency and severity of the pain. No one likes having to take medications and having to go lie down in a dark and silent room for hours or days. Start incorporating massage therapy into your prevention and treatment regime. You might just find that your body and mind will thank you for the relief, and allow you to get back to living your life faster.