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How Does Massage Therapy Relieve Tension Headaches?

Massage therapy has been known as a great way to relieve stress and an achy, tired body after a long day. But, did you know massage therapy isn’t just for relaxation and relieving sore, tired muscles? Many people treat themselves to a massage for a special occasion, birthday, or once in a great while. The most common type of massage is called relaxation massage and is often performed at a spa or wellness center. Ask your licensed trained massage therapist which type of massage is right for you when dealing with your symptoms.

What are Tension Headaches?

A tension headache is one of the most common headaches that often occur due to stress that can happen at any time. Tension headaches can turn into episodic or chronic headaches and cause regular debilitating pain; symptoms include dull, aching pain in your head, tightness and pressure on your forehead, sides, the back of your head, and tenderness in your shoulders, neck, and scalp areas.

  • Episodic tension headaches last longer than 30 minutes but can carry on for up to a week.
  • Chronic tension headaches occur when headaches last for many hours and occur for more than half the month.

Rehabilitative Massage for Tension Headaches

Massage techniques work to relieve tension headaches when focused on the neck, shoulders, back, and trigger points; massage treatments can relieve headaches in a proactive or comfort role.

When a tension headache is in progress, relaxation massage eases the pain as it’s happening by using pressure on trigger points. Tension headaches are less likely to occur when you are calm and relaxed rather than stressed; using a proactive role to treat tension headaches, regular massage therapy encourages the body to maintain a relaxed and comfortable state, keeping tension headaches from happening regularly.

For professional massage services, contact the staff at LaVida Massage today! 

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