Chances are you or somebody you know has suffered from a migraine; chronic headaches can be debilitating. They most often start as a dull ache that spirals into intense pulsating agony, that can last hours. Often this is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness to extreme sensitivities, especially light and sounds.
While painkillers are godsent at the time, relying on them is not advisable. As long-term usage can be detrimental to your health. A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio offers options that can help reduce the occurrence of chronic headaches. Therapeutic massages are a great option.
How Therapeutic Massage Can Help Reduce Chronic Headaches
Headaches can be caused from a variety of reasons; even tension somewhere in the body can be a mitigating factor.
According to The Journal of Headache and Pain, “26 participants were diagnosed with chronic migraine, those who participated in regular massage therapy sessions were able to reduce the pain by 71%.”
“A New Zealand study included 48 migraineurs diagnosed by questionnaire. The study found that 51% of the participants had more than one attack per month. Over a 3-week follow-up period, the migraine frequency was significantly reduced in the massage group as compared with the control group.” Results on migraine duration are missing, but the outcome showed participants saw a major reduction in pain after receiving massage therapy.
Fighting Chronic Pain
Harvard Medical School states, “Massage used to be considered an indulgence, but it’s now recognized as a legitimate therapy for some painful conditions.”
As far back as the second century, massage therapy has been used to treat ailments. Pathways states, “The earliest records in China and Egypt were in ‘The Book of Internal Medicine.’
Patients who suffer from chronic pain see elevated stress levels, which keeps the body in a state of ‘fight or flight.’ In these cases, the body sends its resources to parts that need action. However, it leaves the areas that truly need healing overworked. The results contribute to muscle fatigue, lack of mobility, increased tension, and chronic headaches. Prolonged fatigue can also lead to digestive issues.
Improved Quality of Life
A skilled therapist has a vast toolbox of techniques that can be incorporated based on needs of the client. The therapy then can easily be modified to accommodate the session.
Clients who schedule regular massage sessions can actually, benefit from increasing the body’s ability to ‘detox’ itself. A deep tissue massage is aimed at removing knots, thereby, improving circulation which allows for better drainage of waste products by the lymphatic system. By inducing this cleansing, the body will function better which can reduce the frequency of headaches.
Massage therapy is safe and effective for anyone. It can be a great way to pamper yourself, but also a powerful tool to take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are looking for a stress reliever.
Migraines can be debilitating for anyone, and while massage therapy is not a proven method to eliminate migraines, the benefits have shown an increased reduction in pain and frequency. A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio offers a variety of massage techniques to tailor a personalized health program that can fit your needs. We always offer consultations for client intake at the time of the appointment with your therapist, to discuss your options. Please click here to book an appointment.