One of the most common complaints that I hear as a Registered Massage Therapist from patients is chronic, frequent headaches. Massage therapy can be a very effect tool in the treatment and prevention of tension headaches and migraines.
First lets look at the different types of headaches:
Tension Headache: This is the most common type of headache and can often be described as the feeling of constant pressure – like a belt wrapped around the head, especially in the temple area and the back of the neck. Often brought on or made worse by stress, tension headaches cause an uncomfortable tightening of the muscles in the scalp, neck and shoulders.
Sinus Headache: These types of headaches are caused by infection in the sinus cavity. Inflammation and fluid build up creates pressure and pain in the face around the nose, eyes and forehead.
Cluster Headache: Most often seen in men, this type of headache is cyclical in nature and can continue for days or weeks at a time. They come on very quickly effecting one side of the head. The pain can be so intense and debilitating, and can even cause watering of the eyes and congestion of the sinuses on the effected side.
Migraine Headache: Often people will complain of having a migraine when what they are really experiencing is a severe tension headache. Migraines have some key features that set themselves apart from tension headaches.
Migraines usually last between 4-72 hours. Symptoms may include pulsing or throbbing on one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, sound and sometimes smells, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, feeling lightheaded, which can be followed by fainting. Migraine sufferers often feel the need to lie down in a dark quiet room.
The great news is that massage therapy has been proven to provide relief from and even prevention of these types of headaches. Often relieving tension in the face, head, neck, shoulders and back can diminish symptoms of headaches. And, regular massage treatments, usually about every 4-6 weeks, can actually reduce the severity and frequency of headaches.
To learn more about the benefits of massage therapy, please contact our Oakville clinic, located in the heart of beautiful Bronte, for more information. If you wish to book an appointment, Bronte Wellness Boutique offers convenient online booking with our Registered Massage Therapists and Naturopathic Doctors, by clicking here.