When it comes to pain, headaches are often at the top of many people’s problem lists. Almost half of adults worldwide have suffered from at least one in the past year. But, a massage therapy appointment may be just what you need to soothe the tension.
How does massage help?
Here’s a look at a few of the studies that suggest massage therapy could be an effective migraine treatment:
- Much less migraine pain
- More headache-free days
- Fewer sleep problems
- Higher levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin
- Less frequent migraines
- Decreases in anxiety, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol
- Better stress management and coping skills
- Greatly improved sleep quality
Here are massage techniques to help five of the common types of headaches you may be experiencing, as suggested by the Institute for Integrative Healthcare.
If your headache exists on both sides of your head, chances are it’s a tension headache. These headaches feel like something is pressing your head on both sides.
Choose a massage with slow-moving techniques, such as a Shiatsu or Swedish massage, but refrain from anything involving deep tissue techniques.
When your sinuses are inflamed and clogged with fluid, you can get serious headache pain.
Although the only way to get rid of a sinus infection is to be treated by a physician, a light massage around the eyes can help relieve pain by getting the fluid moving again.