Tame that Headache with Massage Therapy

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

Headaches are one of the most common human experiences. The nagging throb that may start at the base of your neck and move it’s way up. Who hasn’t had that experience? It’s staggering that The World Health Organization now lists migraines among the 20 most debilitating diseases worldwide.

There are several headache types that respond well to manual therapies like massage therapy. Tension-Type Headaches, TTH’s, are the most common variety of headache. Within TTHs there are two subcategories. Episodic; headaches that occur fewer than 15times per month and chronic; headaches that occur more than 15times per month.

Research indicates manual therapies have a positive effect in many situations; primarily with chronic headache conditions. Effectiveness of massage therapy for headache pain is applicable to those that wish to minimize or not take at all pharmaceuticals.

If you choose to use massage therapy as headache pain management there are a few things you need to tell your Therapist. Strategies for the Therapist must be determined by what type of headache is present. TTH may require trigger point therapy while a migraine will respond best to another approach.

One Response

  1. I' am Glad to find this post! It is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases restrictions in soft tissue and tension deep in the body to relieve pain and improve health.

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