Painkillers can seem like the obvious choice because yes, they do work – but then the headache will often return. If you’re really unlucky you may also end up with a rebound headache which is common in people who take painkillers regularly. So, what can you do?
If your doctor tells you that medically you’re fine and sends you away with instructions to relax more and get some sleep, it might feel as though you’re not being taken seriously. If just getting more sleep and less stress were the answer we’d have found a way to do it by now, and in any case…maybe your life isn’t that simple. And you still have a headache.
Massage therapy might be a way out of headache pain that doesn’t involve taking drugs.
More Americans complain about headaches than any other medical condition. It’s thought that around 45 million Americans suffer from headaches every year, and of course that’s only the people who report them. Statistically, it’s around one in every six people – with more than eight million Americans going as far as seeing their doctor about it.
How can a massage from living well help a headache?
Massage has two main benefits when it comes to relieving pain from regular headaches. A massage can relieve headaches that are caused by trigger points, muscle spasms and general tension. These are thought to be a major cause of headaches and I have some great tools to help give you relief from the pain – my hands. Some points on your body, like the back of your skull can bring on a feeling of deep relaxation, and this spot is known to be a great place to massage anyone who has tension headaches.
Regular massage helps to regulate hormones in your body that manage your mood, sleeping patterns and appetite. We all know that if we’re feeling tired, if we have low blood sugar or if we’re just in a bad mood we’re prone to getting headaches, so regulating the hormones responsible may help decrease the number of headaches you experience.
What else can you do about regular headaches?
There are other things that will help banish your regular sore head, and I can give you a bit of advice and exercises for posture concerns or other issues that will help you with self-care. Make sure that you tell me about your work environment, sleeping habits and arrangements and even things like how much coffee you drink because these are all potential triggers for headaches that with a little tweaking could substantially reduce the number of bad heads you suffer from.
With something as common as a headache, often it’s the simple things that can make all the difference. A muscle tension easing massage can potentially relieve headaches caused by bad posture, too many pillows or not getting enough exercise, reducing pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that compound the problem.
So book yourself a massage treatment and give yourself the gift of long term pain relief!