Relief for Tension Headaches Using Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been known to relieve stress and an achy, tired body after a long day. The most common type of massage is called relaxation massage and is often performed at a spa or wellness center. Many people treat themselves to a massage for a special occasion or birthday or only once in a great while. But, did you know massage therapy isn’t just for relaxation and relieving sore, tired muscles?

What are Tension Headaches?

A tension headache is one of the most common headaches often occurring due to stress and does not discriminate—anyone can get a tension headache anytime. Tension headaches can turn into episodic or chronic headaches and cause regular debilitating pain. Symptoms include dull, aching pain in your head, tightness and pressure on your forehead, sides, or back of your head, and tenderness in the shoulders, neck, and scalp areas.

  • Episodic tension headaches last longer than 30 minutes but can carry on for up to a week.
  • Chronic tension headaches occur when headaches last for many hours and occur for for more than half the month are chronic.

Rehabilitative Massage for Tension Headaches

Massage techniques work to relieve tension headaches when focused on the neck, shoulders, back and trigger points. Massage treatments relieve headaches in a proactive role or a comfort role.

When a tension headache is in progress, comfort massage eases the pain as it’s happening by using pressure on trigger points, the back of the neck and shoulders, and the head

Tension headaches are less likely to occur when you are calm and relaxed rather than stressed. Using a proactive role to treat tension headaches, regular massage therapy encourages the body to maintain a relaxed and comforting state keeping tension headaches from happening regularly.

For professional massage services, contact LaVida Massage of Washington Township, MI! 

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