Treatment at the Diamond Headache Clinic is designed to encourage well behavior by teaching patients to cope with pain in healthy, constructive ways. Among the non-drug or alternative therapies that complement our more traditional treatments is massage therapy, which has been shown to relieve pain for some migraine and tension headache sufferers.
Benefits of Massage Therapy for Headaches
Tension headaches, the most common type of headache, have been shown to respond well to massage therapy provided by a professional massage therapist. Through the intentional pressing, stroking, kneading and rubbing involved with effective massage, headache sufferers can find real pain relief as well as reduced muscle tension and more. In fact, even migraine sufferers find great benefits from massage treatment. With this in mind, at Diamond Headache Clinic, we offer professional massage therapy for headaches that can alleviate your discomfort and provide a host of other benefits in the process.
What exactly does a massage for headache offer? How will you benefit from treatment? To give you a better idea of what to expect with headache massage therapy, here are a few benefits you can expect to gain from this treatment:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced headache intensity
- Reduced duration and frequency of headache
- Decreased perception of pain
- Less tension
- Decreased medication usage
- Better sleep
Through the stress-relieving, pain-alleviating power of a massage for headache, patients can often find wonderful relief from headache problems. In fact, some types of massage, particularly head massage, have not only proven effective in helping with tension headaches, but also in temporarily easing migraine pain. Massages can even help reduce the duration and frequency of migraine headaches. Along those same lines, some evidence confirms that migraine sufferers who receive migraine massage can experience fewer migraines and sleep better during the week of their massage. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, talk to us today about starting your own headache massage therapy at Diamond Headache Clinic.
How Does Massage Therapy for Headaches Work?
Massage may be helpful for the following reasons:
- Massage releases the chemical serotonin, which can relieve migraine pain.
- Massage may work by blocking pain signals.
- Massage promotes circulation; increasing blood flow in some areas can help relieve pain.
- Massage relieves muscle spasms and tension.
- Massage may help decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, while increasing the amount of endorphins.
Be Aware of Possible Side Effects
Because rare side effects can occur, particularly when too much pressure is applied, you should seek the services of a professional therapist only. Patients with certain serious conditions should not get massages. Always consult your headache physician before undergoing massages for migraine treatment.
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Interested in learning more about massage therapy for headaches, from tension headache massage to migraine massage? Contact us today to set up your first appointment — and experience the benefits of tension headache and migraine massage therapy.
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