Headaches can have several origins, but most are muscular. It means that a tense muscle, for example, in the neck or neck area, can cause headaches. In general, these muscles are trapezius, scapula lift, masseter, temples, sternocleidomastoid, and rhomboid. These pains can appear due to factors such as poor posture for a long time, lack of water in the body, sinusitis, poor diet, inadequate sleep, too much computer time, weightlifting in the wrong way, among many other things. To find out the cause of the problem, it is recommended to seek a specialist doctor. Much of the population tends to try alternative or complementary treatment for headaches. Massage is one of these treatments.
How can massage therapy help?
Massage has a relaxing effect on the muscles. If headaches have their origin in the tense muscles, it may be that the massage heals the pain entirely or brings substantial relief. About 75% of headaches have their origin due to tight muscles.
Some people will see the benefits of massage or treatments faster than others. Even so, it is worth trying a few massage sessions to see if the patient shows improvement. Massage therapy is an extremely safe treatment and has many other benefits other than headache relief. The headache massage is usually of medium pressure and can also help with reducing stress, increasing sleep quality and many others. For a complete list of massage benefits, see our blog post here.
The negative effects of headaches
It is very rare for a headache to be a symptom of a severe illness. Of course, it is always good to seek out a medical specialist to find out what causes the pain, mainly if a headache occurs frequently. A severe headache can be caused by a tumor, and only a doctor can diagnose it. But even if it is not dangerous, a frequent headache affects everyday life very negatively.
The most common forms of muscle tension headaches are:
Pain in the forehead and around the eyes.
Origin: It may be the suboccipital muscle and/or the sternocleidomastoid muscle. It can be a trigger point in the active muscles or tension that decreases or arrests blood circulation in the neck. It’s not dangerous, but it is indeed bothersome. It can be treated with massage and achieve good results. This headache often causes nausea and discomfort to vision, and it is similar to a migraine.
Pain above the ears, near the temples, as if it had a helmet tightening your head.
Origin: It can be the trapezius muscle, the muscle that is lateral and dorsal in the neck. It may contain an active trigger point type that radiates headaches. It can be treated with a massage with excellent results. It appears because of a long time in front of the computer, for example, or because of poor posture or because of carrying weight on the back for a long time.
Pain in the temples above the ears.
Source: It may be the masseter muscle or the temples due to bruxism or stress. Massage is an excellent treatment.
Massage therapy is excellent for relieving the muscles. If a headache is of muscular origin, the massage may be an excellent treatment. Most headaches come from muscular tension, as you probably have experienced that most of them appear after a stressful or overworked day at work or even after working with your computer for an extended period of time.
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