Did you know that this could be caused from tension in the neck and shoulders? Headaches can occur when the tension through the muscles in your neck and shoulders pull on the the base of your skull (the occiput).
Common symptoms you may experience are: - Sensitivity to light, sound and smells - Nausea - Blurred or double vision - Difficulty concentrating - Fatigue - Neck and shoulder pain
Headache sufferers find that manual therapies such as Remedial Massage can offer significant relief from their headache pain and related symptoms. As remedial massage therapy focuses on decreasing the tension in your tight muscles, reducing spasms and increasing blood flow to the area, it can be beneficial for both tension and vascular headaches.
To try and simplify things, how this works is when muscle tension eases, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. This in turn helps to alleviate the headache which is a referred pain from these same group of muscles.
Can headaches be prevented?
Regular ongoing massage therapy can also help to prevent headaches by helping to reduce overall stress and stop the build up of muscle tension that can trigger headache pain.
Trigger Point Therapy in particular has been shown to be an effective massage technique to relieve these headache symptoms. Trigger point application involves applying pressure to specific points along problem areas such as the Trapezius muscle, the suboccipital muscles below the skull and the sternocleidomastoid muscle which runs along the sides of your neck.
This technique not only relieves pain, but also allows the muscles to be better prepared for re-training and strengthening so that you can maintain and support healthy positions and postures that will not result in a return in pain.
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