Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep tissue massage is a slow and firm massage technique that focuses on the layers of muscle and fascia in the body. Therapists use strong pressure on specific body parts, relieving tense muscles, and improving blood flow. The neck and shoulders are common areas where the massage therapist will focus when giving a deep tissue massage.
As mentioned above, muscle tension is the cause of a tension headache. One of the main benefits of deep tissue massage is muscle tension reduction. Additionally, deep tissue massage helps with anxiety, stress, chronic back pain, and more. Stress and anxiety are triggers for headaches and migraines. How does deep tissue massage relieve stress and anxiety? Deep tissue massage boosts your body’s level of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps your body’s ability to relax and remain calm.
If you’ve been struggling with tension headaches and maintaining your stress and anxiety levels, deep tissue massage may be the answer.
Trigger Point Massage Therapy
Instead of taking medication the next time you feel pain in your neck and head, consider trigger point massage therapy for an all-natural, longer-lasting relief. Trigger point massage therapy aims for muscle strains and muscle knots. The therapist keeps pressure on the trigger point for a period of time until the pain decreases or disappears altogether. Trigger point therapy can be uncomfortable in the beginning, but the intensity and pressure begin to weaken very quickly.
Tired of waking up with a stiff neck? Sick of debilitating muscle tension headaches? Trigger point massage therapy could be exactly what your body needs.
Self-Massage for a Headache
Scheduling an appointment might not be possible every time you are suffering from a headache. There are three self-massage techniques for treating your headache DIY.
- With both hands, pinch your skin tissue below your eyebrows away from your face and hold for 5-7 seconds and repeat.
- Use your three middle fingers or thumbs to press firmly into the sides of your temple. Gently move them in a circular motion while still applying pressure. Hold for 7-10 seconds.
- Invest in a foam roller. Place a foam roller behind your head, underneath your skull. While laying on the back, use the roller long ways. Place the edge of the roller just below your skull and hold.
Final Thoughts on Massage Therapy and Headaches
Massage therapy can not only help relieve the pain caused by migraines and headaches but is considered preventative care as well. If you are headache and migraine prone, Massage Lee’s Summit is here to help. Life is too short to live in pain. Schedule an appointment today!