There’s nothing worse than a bad headache. Whether you’re at home, the office, or somewhere else, a headache or migraine can leave you down and out. But you aren’t alone, as an estimated 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches.
Think back to how you treated your last headache. Maybe you turned to some sort of over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol. On the other hand, perhaps you just hoped for the pain to go away on its own.
Did you know that regular massages can be an effective, long-term solution for headaches and migraines? Here at Midwest Chiropractic Center in Columbus, we’re seeing more patients come into the office for headache relief. Keep reading as we discuss how massage therapy can help with headaches.
Massage therapy promotes circulation
There are parts of your body where blood flow might be lacking. With massage therapy, you can increase blood flow in these areas and relieve pain while doing so. Regular chiropractic adjustments combined with massage therapy can increase circulation and, ultimately, reduce chronic tension and migraine headaches.
Massage therapy decreases pain from trigger points
As a refresher, trigger points are tender, hyper-irritable tissue that can send pain to other areas of the body. Those who are tired of relying on over-the-counter pain medications for headache relief may want to consider Trigger Point Therapy. This particular type of massage therapy can significantly reduce the pain in the head and neck areas.
Massage therapy relieves muscle spasms/tension
Muscle spasms and tension do more than simply cause back pain — they can also lead to frequent headaches. An experienced massage therapist can loosen chronically tight muscles and bands of tissue. In a domino effect, you will enjoy better muscle balance, neck alignment, and, yes, fewer headaches/migraines.
Massage therapy helps regulate hormone levels
We all have elevated levels of cortisol from time to time. Rather than stand pat and wait to go through the misery of another tension headache, consider getting a massage instead. Not only does massage therapy decrease levels of this stress hormone, but it also increases endorphins and promotes relaxation.
Find Headache/Migraine Relief Through Massage Therapy
Tired of treating your headaches with traditional pain medications? Interested in experiencing relief that lasts? Then we encourage you to learn more about our headaches and migraines specialist at Midwest Chiropractic Center.
At our chiropractic clinic, we aren’t interested in masking patients’ pain with short-term, ineffective treatments. Dr. Peter Manz will communicate with you regarding the frequency and severity of your headaches before coming up with a plan of action. In many cases, Dr. Manz will recommend a combination of chiropractic care, exercise, diet changes, and massage therapy.
We are often asked by patients if it’s possible to prevent headaches and migraines altogether. Though we will never make any guarantees, we can say that many patients have found long-term relief from their symptoms in part thanks to our suggested lifestyle changes.
See how massage therapy can change your life — contact us today at Midwest Chiropractic Center!