Can Massage Help My Headaches?

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Can Massage Help My Headaches?

Every year, 45 million people suffer from chronic headaches (28 million from migraines) and more than 10 million people visit a doctor or [emergency room] because of a headache, according to the Academy of Pain Medicine. Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, eyestrain, sinuses, hormones, or any other million things, a headache can knock you off you feet, sometimes for days.

A recent study showed that massage therapy recipients exhibited fewer migraines and better sleep quality during the weeks they received massage, and the three weeks following, than did participants that did not receive massage therapy. Another study found that in adults with migraine headaches, massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms. It also increased serotonin levels, believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.

Benefits of Relieving Tension-Related Headaches

  • Decreases occurrences of tension headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms
  • Allows one to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief, reducing the chances of stress induced migraines
  • Massage for headaches can also reduce muscle spasms and trigger points