Remedial Massage For Tension HeadachesRemedial Massage For Tension Headaches

A tension headache also referred to as “stress headache” or “tension-type headache” is one of the most common types of headache experienced by children, teens, and adults alike. It is characterised by a mild pain, tightness, or pressure around the forehead, back of the head, neck, and behind the eyes. Although over the counter (OTC) painkillers can provide temporary relief, more often than not, they will reoccur. Remedial massage is considered ¬†an effective non-pharmacological and all-natural treatment regime for alleviating the pain associated with chronic tension headaches.

Symptoms of Tension Headaches | Remedial Massage For Tension Headaches

  • tightening/pressing pain
  • usually accompanied with stiff and aching neck and shoulder muscles
  • non-pulsating pain
  • bilateral pain (affecting both sides of the head)
  • can be episodic or chronic in nature
  • mild to moderate in nature
  • not aggravated by physical activity
  • can be aggravated by mental stress/tension
  • most common in people aged 35-45 years

Remedial Massage For Tension HeadachesCauses of Tension Headaches | Remedial Massage For Tension Headaches

Although the exact causes of the tension headaches are still unknown, some factors that contribute to triggering such headaches are:

  • stress/tension
  • depression/anxiety
  • poor posture
  • lack of sleep
  • dehydration
  • clenching jaw
  • hormonal changes
  • iron deficiency
  • eye strain

The factors that can trigger tension headaches can differ from person to person.

Treatment Options for Tension Headaches

  • Over the Counter (OTC) Pain Killers
  • Remedial massage
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relaxation Training
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Acupuncture

The Remedial Massage Session

A remedial massage session for tension headaches generally starts with a detailed assessment of your cervical and shoulder range of motion followed by a tailored treatment plan that is based on your condition and needs. The treatment plan may include any or all of the following modalities:

  • trigger point therapy
  • myofascial release
  • deep tissue massage
  • stretching and relaxation exercises

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