Headaches are a common occurrence for most people, and debilitating for many others.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache people experience, triggered by muscular tension, bony misalignment, postural patterns, eyestrain, TMJ (temporal mandibular joint syndrome), myofascial pain syndrome, and other musculoskeletal imbalances.
Other headaches include migraine, cluster, and sinus headaches. They are triggered by hormonal shifts, food sensitivities, allergies, sinusitis, low blood sugar, dehydration, and stress.
Many are brought on by exposure to common household chemicals like perfumes, soaps, colognes, hair sprays, cleaning agents, etc….There are also rare cases of headaches due to some underlying health condition.
Headache sufferers often have accompanying conditions affecting the jaw, face, eyes, ears, sinuses, scalp, throat, tongue, teeth, and gums. Ever grind your teeth at night after a stressful day?
Massaging is a great natural alternative and powerful tool when used to assist headache sufferers. Techniques like petrissage, myofascial release, friction, acupressure, and trigger point therapy are used to soften the connective tissue of the scalp and face in relieving tension.
Massage to the upper back, neck, and shoulders, along with static stretching, active isolated stretching, and positional release technique provide much needed headache relief. Some clients need a gentler pressure, while others like the more aggressive work.
How about a hot foot bath? Yes, a hot foot bath, along with a cool compress to the head can decongest the sinuses thereby relieving headaches. Or, learn how applying pressure to certain reflexology points on the body can ease them as well.
Since posture is such a strong factor in headaches, an experienced massage therapist should provide each client with a postural analysis, health assessment, and simple to learn self help measures.
Yes, our busy schedules and limited time make it difficult to squeeze in a massage at a local spa or even at home. Yet, you still need time to find relief for your headaches. Hire a massage therapist to provide a (15 to 20 minute) chair massage to you and your co-workers at the office. It’s easier on the budget to share the expense, does not take away from your busy schedule, and feels great.
A few lifestyle changes to help chronic headache sufferers can include healthier dietary choices, herbal remedies, staying hydrated, exercising, improved quality of sleep, ergonomic awareness, stress reduction, and better posture. Oh yeah, let’s not forget regular massage sessions.