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Do you Suffer from Headaches or Migraines?

Suffering from Headaches or Migraines?

A migraine is a recurrent, throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed visionSome migraines can be preceded by sensory warning symptomsfor example: flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in a limb. Migraines can cause intense pulsing sensations in an area of the head, often associated with extreme sensitivity to light and sound.  

They can cause severe pain from hours to daysADFD8FF4-DBEC-4491-A9A2-927DD77E3A10

There are several contributing factors. 

The exact cause of migraines isn’t cut & dry, but studies have shown it to have a great deal to do with genetics and environmental factors, as well as changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve. 

Migraines may also be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, including serotonin (a chemical which helps with pain regulation in the Nervous System). 

How can Massage Therapy help?

Research has shown that Massage Therapy can have drastic positive impacts on patients who are prone to experiencing migraines/headaches. 

Massage Therapy can decrease occurrences of migraines/tension headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms. It allows for maintenance of relaxation levels, providing relief from stress (and stress-induced migraines). Massage for headaches can reduce muscle spasms and trigger points. It can also block pain signals sent to the brain, and increase serotonin levels which can help with prevention.

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