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Those who suffer from migraines know how excruciating they can be. The difficult thing about migraines is that there’s no single known cure that works for everyone.

Massage Therapy

Depending on the person, migraines can be triggered by different things, and relieved by different things. Fortunately, migraine pain management continues to improve, with many options for sufferers. Many migraine sufferers use alternative medicine, such as massage, to treat headaches, and studies have shown that they have an incredible success rate.

Migranes At A Glance

There are many different types of migraines. It’s important to keep track of your causes and symptoms (many migraine sufferers keep a “migraine diary”), as they vary person to person and may even signal another disease or disorder.

Common migraine symptoms include:

  • Throbbing pain in the head
  • Light and/or sound sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Aura
  • Dizziness
  • Moodiness

Like symptoms, migraine causes and triggers also differ in specific cases. Examples of migraine triggers include:

  • Stress/Tension
  • Food/Drink sensitivity
  • Hormones
  • Sleeping patterns
  • Drug/Alcohol use
  • Environmental factors

If you suffer from migraines, keep track of when they occur. By recording migraine episodes, you may be able to notice a pattern and avoid certain triggers.

Massage As Treatment

Migraine Treatments can include medication, natural remedies, and complementary medicine such as acupuncture or chiropractics. Many massage therapists and patients have discovered that massage therapy can work wonders to minimize pain, and reduce severity of migraines!

Massage therapy works by reducing tension and stress, two major migraine triggers. Massage also releases serotonin, which not only reduces headache severity and frequency but can relieve sleep disturbances as well.

During a massage, pressure, movement, and vibration are used to promote relaxation and healing, and reduce pain.

During a massage for migraine relief, the therapist may use the following techniques:

  • Between Migraines: Deep tissue work around the base of the skull, neck, shoulders, and upper back.
  • During a Migraine: Light touch, especially to extremities like the hands and feet, to draw blood from the head.

There is a variety of massage techniques your therapist can use, and the best way to determine which is right for you is to discuss your needs with them personally.

Whether for a migraine, or simply to relieve stress and tension for overall well-being, massage is a healthy, effective, and relaxing option. Contact us today to set up an appointment to see what we can do for you.

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