Headache Solutions

Many people have headaches and migraines on a regular basis, and they really do make life difficult. Fortunately massage can help.

I recommend that anyone who lives with headaches keep a journal tracking food, weather, stress, and sleep patterns. For women I would also add menstral cycles. Any of these can influence the occurrance and intensity of headaches. Knowing what causes your headaches can provide relief without having to pay me.

With regard to food, common food triggers include: coffee (consuming or withdrawal), alcohol (especially red wine), chocolate, cheese, dehydration (not drinking enough water), and sometimes nuts or bread. There are certainly other triggers as well.

That said, many headaches are caused by changes in blood flow, poor sleep, stress, muscle tension, and of course trauma. Massage can help with all of these.

All massage improves the circulation of blood and lymph. Restoring better blood flow can reduce those headaches. Massage generally leads to people sleeping better, in fact many clients fall asleep during parts of a massage or at least get really relaxed. Stress reduction is another core benefit from massage.

Muscle tension and trauma are probably the more difficult things. Fortunately Massage Therapists are very well trained in how to work with muscle tension and massage is one of the better ways to reduce excess muscle tone. Massage Therapists are Muscle Specialists, and so muscle tension is something that we're very good at.

As for trauma, Craniosacral Therapy is particularly good at helping to release trauma held by the body.

The result of all of this is that headaches are a bit of a specialty for me. If you are living with headaches I would recommend scheduling an appointment. I believe I can help you.