A lot of people will resort to some sort of pain medication to relieve their headache/migraine. There are a ton of scholarly articles out in the wild that produce evidence towards the healing effects of a simple massage. It is also the healthiest way to cope and relieve pain, because you’re not destroying your body by pumping it full of medication and painkillers.
What is a migraine?
A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.
What can cause a throbbing headache?
– Tension in the muscles can cause problems, or worse cause a muscle knot. A simple massage around the neck and shoulder region can help tense muscles feels relaxed; It prompts proper blood flow by introducing new blood while pushing away metabolic waste from the tissues.
What is a muscle knot?
Muscle knot(s), or ‘myofascial trigger points’, are painful, lumpy regions of tense muscle. It is an area where muscle fibers have become stuck together.
– Our hormones can also cause us to have an increase in headaches. In women menstrual, pregnancies, contraceptives and menopause can cause a migraine because of this hormonal imbalance. It is also a fact that women suffer from more headaches than men.
Using medication and painkillers vs a massage
Using medication like painkillers are only a temporary fix. Painkillers use aspirin and opiates to block nerves from sending messages back to your brain. Once the medication starts to ware off its ability to block these signals becomes weak and your headache will start to return. Relying on painkillers can also become dangerous and addicting. Your tolerance to medication will also start to increase, causing your body to need more in order to relive its pain.
By visiting a massage therapist you are taking on a natural route to cure your pain. A message therapist will also be able to pinpoint the problem. Using varies techniques they will be able to massage areas that have tensions, reliving trigger points that cause headaches.