That throbbing, pulsing pain behind your eyes. You feel nauseous from light and sound. You just want to crawl under the covers until your migraine goes away.
You aren't alone. More than 3 million migraine cases are reported annually in the US according to the Mayo Clinic. But despite the pervasiveness of the problem, migraine sufferers still have few options in dealing with the stubborn headaches. While medicines can help, many would prefer not to rely on chemicals and pharmaceuticals for relief.
Massage therapy presents an alternative solution to medications, and has been practiced as a means of pain relief for hundreds of years. Because pain is directly caused by nerves and tissues in the migraine area and supportive areas, massage practitioners target those areas with alternating pressure and relaxation.
It's a simple idea. Nerves, muscles, and tendons become knotted, bunched, and tense. By kneading, pressing, and smoothing those areas, the muscles are softened and released from their tension. Instead of being knotted and tense, the muscles become relaxed. The nerves and tendons can resume their regular, comfortable positions and the cause of the migraine is eliminated. If done correctly, symptoms will very soon vanish.
Proponents of massage for migraines insist that regular visits to a massage therapist can keep muscles smooth and tensity levels low, thereby preventing migraines in the first place. Besides migraines, regular visits to a massage therapist results in reduction of regular headaches, cramps, body aches, and also contributes to a general sense of wellness.
Certainly some migraines are worse than others, and not all of them will be cured with massage. However, studies show that adding a regular massage regimen to your lifestyle will result in a better quality of life, greater comfort and relaxation.
To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Washington Township, MI today!