Headaches can literally be a real pain in the neck, for both the therapist and patient. To determine the cause can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
If the pain can be momentarily relieved by pressing into muscles in the neck, base of the skull, temples and forehead, it’s a fair indication that muscle tension could be a clue that muscular tension may be to blame. This pressure interrupts the pain nerve signal from these muscles to the brain.
Headaches are often the result of a rotten day, causing muscles to tighten and blood vessels to be constrained. This can cause a reduction of blood supply to the brain and a build-up of toxins.
While relief for headaches can easily be accomplished with a pill, if they won’t go… occur on a regular basis; or a pill doesn’t fix them quickly, it’s well worth giving a remedial massage a shot.
There can be many causes of headaches – dehydration, hormonal or circulation problems, sinus inflammation, pre-menstrual tension, allergies, blood pressure, constipation, bowel toxicity, eye strain, head injuries or trauma and cervical and jaw misalignments, and that’s just some of them.
Some of these could even be pointers to more serious medical problems that may require medical attention.
Very often, however, headaches are a symptom of muscle imbalances somewhere in the body and can be successfully treated with massage for long-term relief.
Massage promotes better circulation of blood, lymphatic fluid and oxygen, with consequent improvement in the body’s immune system and other organs. Massage also helps eliminate toxins from the body.
If you regularly suffer any of the three types of headaches – muscle contraction, tension or migraine – there’s a strong chance tight muscles apart from just those in your neck and shoulders are a contributing factor.
By correcting muscular imbalances elsewhere with massage, you remove the initial cause of the tension in neck and shoulders, and therefore can often stop muscle-related headaches occurring.
If any of the following scenarios fits your circumstances, one or more massages could prevent or relieve headaches without the need for any medication.
Medications like aspirin, paracetamol or stronger drugs often provide quick or short-term relief of headaches. Pills may be all you need, but if your headaches keep coming back, you should look at other treatment options. Even one really thorough remedial massage is often all you need.
As mentioned earlier, dehydration is one of the many causes of headaches. It is perhaps the major generic cause of headaches but is often the least obvious because people often don’t know they are dehydrated.
Before you try any other form of treatment for headaches, you should drink lots of plain water…not tea, coffee, coke, beer, etc – just water… plain H2O… water.