Therapeutic Massage May Help With Your Headaches & Migraines!

Massage Therapy

Massage is a natural treatment for headaches.

Massage therapy may relieve and prevent headaches by pumping more oxygen into your tense muscles, reducing inflammation, and improving your circulation. 


How therapeutic massage increases oxygen and blood flow to tense muscles.

During a tension headache, muscles from the scalp, down to your jaw and neck are tightly contracted. Due to this contraction, blood vessels are constricted. Oxygen and valuable nutrients have a harder time reaching your muscles. Researchers believe that the combination of muscle contractions and lowered supply of blood is the main cause of pain in tension headaches. Massage helps to bring needed blood flow and relaxation to you tense muscles.

Tension headaches are often triggered by stress we experience in our daily lives. 

Massage can help overcome stress, anxiety, depression and trauma by promoting relaxation and emotional well-being by lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and reducing levels of cortisol while increasing the body’s endorphins. You should consider using therapeutic massage whenever you are feeling  tense or stressed, or on a regular basis, such as once or twice a month.

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