How Massage Helps Relieve Migraine Headaches
As you likely already know, migraine headaches (and quite a few other types of headaches) are often tied to high-stress levels and tension felt in and around one’s back, spine, and neck. The pain is often throbbing and can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms that affect sufferers in a few different ways.
The Touch Institute at the University of Miami discovered massage helped the frequency of migraines while also allowing for better sleep, lowering stress, and increased serotonin production. The certified massage therapists at Modoma are experienced in helping migraine headache sufferers melt away the pain and feel restful relaxation that many thought otherwise impossible. Visit modoma.com to choose a location near you and set up an appointment to start your path to a less painful life.
Differences Between Migraines and “Regular” Headaches
There seems to be a bit of a misconception when it comes to differentiating between migraines and headaches, but most of that false information comes from those who have never experienced a migraine before. Still, if you are not entirely sure whether the headaches you have been experiencing are migraines or what some people might refer to as “normal” headaches, there are a few ways to figure out which kind is affecting you.
One of those false ideas is that migraines are merely really bad headaches. This is far from the truth – especially since they’re technically completely different disorders – and there are also quite a few different types of “regular” headaches as well. Most people experience primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches occur when pain-sensitive parts of the head have too much activity going on. These parts include the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in the neck and head. Sometimes, primary headaches happen when the brain experiences chemical changes.
Secondary headaches happen when an action or outside source leads directly to the headache. There are a number of things that can lead to secondary headaches, including (but not limited to):
- Panic attack
- The flu
- Grinding one’s teeth
- Brain tumors
- Hangover from alcohol consumption
- Blood clots
- Brain freeze
In most cases of primary and secondary headaches, the pain will be steady and will often dissipate on their own.
Migraines, on the other hand, have a variety of symptoms that go beyond just pain – even if they are technically defined as primary headaches. Different migraine sufferers report quite a few of these symptoms, including:
- Flashing and growing blind spots
- Blurry vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Auras in vision
- Extreme sensitivity to light and/or sound
Migraine headaches are often isolated to one side of the head and can be felt the top of the scalp, the back of the neck, or behind their eyes. During a heavy migraine, sufferers can become almost entirely debilitated due to the pain and discomfort. In fact, the World Health Organization has noted that migraines are the sixth leading reason that people lose days of work.
Self-Massage Acupressure Points to Relieve Migraines
While the trained massage therapists at Modoma are here to help you relieve stress and fight off migraines, we also understand there are times when you just won’t be able to come in for a session. When a migraine strikes or if you feel like one might be on its way, there are a few acupressure spots you can press on that can help you find some relief from the pain.