These painful headaches are quite common. Sometimes they can even be accompanied by nausea and can render a person effectively useless. The only way to deal with migraines is to manage them. One of the most effective and long-lasting forms of management is massage therapy for migraines.
How Massage Therapy Reduces Migraines
Massage has long been accepted as an excellent way to relieve stress as well as tension throughout the body. Stress and tension are two of the big migraine triggers, so taking steps to minimize them is always in your best interest if hoping to prevent migraine pain. Stress and tension can also play a role in sleep disturbances and can exacerbate the effects of medications, which contribute to migraines as well. CranioSacral Therapy, as well as other techniques, are all effective methods of treatment. Your massage therapist for migraines will determine which type of massage is best based on your specific needs.
It is recommended that all chronic headache sufferers take time each day to do something relaxing for their mind or their body. A massage each day would be great for your all-around health, but that doesn't work into most people's schedules. Working a massage into your routine can make a huge difference. Just a one-hour massage every few days has been shown to reduce both the frequency of migraines as well as their severity.
When you feel like a migraine may be coming on, a well-timed massage before the onset may prevent the event. Even if the pain has already begun to set in, massage can help to relieve it. Massage is truly a viable alternative to using pain medication. It is particularly effective when paired with other lifestyle changes.
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"My battles with migraines started when I was a teenager, and there were days that I could not even get out of bed. My cousin recommended that I talk with Eugene Wood about his CranioSacral massage therapy.
Even though I doubted that massage could change my situation, I made an appointment. One session provided relief from a migraine headache that I had that very day. Since my third session last week, I have not had another migraine."
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What Causes Migraines?
Migraines are still quite a mysterious condition, even today. Research has indicated that they are caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors, but predicting who will get migraines has proven difficult. The exact mechanism that causes the pain is also still a mystery. Many choose to manage their pain with medications, but this is not an effective long-term strategy and does nothing to prevent the onset of a migraine headache.
Sometimes migraines appear to result from physical changes in the brain stem, which affect the proper function of the trigeminal nerve. Other times there seems to be an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain such as serotonin. When some migraines occur, there is usually a dramatic drop in serotonin. In migraine sufferers, this seems to trigger an abnormal response from the trigeminal nerve, causing it to release a different chemical - neuropeptides. The neuropeptides aggravate the meninges, which is the outer covering of the brain. This irritation is what causes the moderate to severe headache pain associated with migraines, as well as other symptoms.
While the exact cause of migraines is still unknown, if you are prone to experiencing migraines there are a number of fairly predictable triggers that can result in the onset of a migraine. Some of these triggers are:
- hormonal changes, particularly in women
- consuming certain food and drinks
- some sensory stimuli, such as bright lights
The triggers are not the same in all migraine sufferers. Sometimes following a trigger, there may also be a "warning sign" like blind spots and tingling sensations before the pain actually begins.
Women that experience migraines often experience them in conjunction with their menstrual cycles. Changes in estrogen levels seem to be a precursor to the onset of many migraine attacks. Pregnancy can also trigger migraines. Sometimes taking contraceptives and other hormones decreases migraines, but other women report that it increases them.
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Massage Therapy for Migraines
"Migraines can be debilitating and can really interfere with your day-to-day life. Regular massage treatments can actually greatly help to reduce the severity of migraines. A massage therapist for migraines is a safe and effective alternative to pain medication to manage your pain and can help you to get your life back, preventing the onset of this type of chronic headache."
-Eugene Wood, LTM
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Page Updated On: 7/21/2016
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If you suffer from migraines, tension headaches, or other headaches, then massage therapy for migraines might be the answer you've been looking for. The work of a professional massage therapist will not only help with headache pain, but massage also contributes to an improved mood. Thanks to decreased stress and increased relaxation your life will be interrupted less often by migraines, which is a stress-reliever in itself.
Other medications like any that contain nitroglycerin also increase the likelihood of experiencing a migraine. Salty foods, aged cheeses, wine and caffeine can often trigger migraine pain in sufferers.
Not getting enough sleep and, in some cases, getting too much sleep can be factors. Bright lights and even strange smells can be triggers.