- Allied Health
While massage therapy is commonly known for its relaxation and stress-reducing benefits, it can also be a powerful tool for treating headaches.
Remedial massage therapy involves a range of techniques designed to target specific areas of the body, including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. By focusing on the areas of tension and pain, massage therapy can help to improve blood flow, reduce muscle tension, and reduce muscle aches and pain.
Studies have shown that remedial massage therapy can be an effective treatment for tension headaches, which are often caused by muscle tension and stress. In fact, a 2002 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that massage therapy was effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of tension headaches, as well as improving sleep quality and reducing medication use.
Massage therapy can also be beneficial for migraines, which are often characterised by severe, throbbing pain on one side of the head. While the exact cause of migraines is still unknown, it is believed that they are caused by a combination of factors, including muscle tension, stress, and other lifestyle factors. Massage therapy can help to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation, which can help to alleviate the symptoms of migraines.
It is also good to think about migraines through the analogy of a glass of water. Each potential contributing factor, such as stress, diet, sleep quality, hydration, caffeine, hormonal changes etc. adds a small amount of water to the glass. If you do your best to control as many of these factors as possible, you may be less likely to overfill your cup and spill over into a migraine.
In addition to its physical benefits, remedial massage therapy can also be a valuable tool for managing stress and promoting relaxation. By reducing stress levels, massage therapy can help to prevent headaches from occurring in the first place.
If you suffer from headaches, it’s worth considering remedial massage therapy as a potential treatment option. With its many benefits, including reduced muscle tension, improved blood flow, and increased relaxation, it may be just what you need to finally find relief.
For more information about how remedial massage can help, please contact our friendly team on 8578 6544.