Do you suffer from headaches? You're not alone. Migraines are the third most common type of illness globally, and tension headaches are the most common type of headache. While there are many over-the-counter and prescription medications available to treat headaches, some people prefer to use natural remedies whenever possible. Massage is one such remedy that can help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches. Keep reading to learn more about how massage can help relieve your headache pain.

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints

It's no secret that headaches can be debilitating. Not only are they painful, but they can also make it difficult to concentrate and get things done. But did you know that headaches are one of the most common medical complaints in the United States, with nearly half of adults experiencing them at least once a year? While there can be many different causes of headaches, tension-type headaches are the most common type, accounting for about 90 percent of all cases. 

What is a tension headache?

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They are usually described as a feeling of tightness or pressure around the head and forehead. Other symptoms can include pain in the neck, scalp, and temples, fatigue, and dizziness. Tension headaches are thought to be caused by muscle tension in the head, neck, and upper back. This tension can be due to stress, poor posture, grinding your teeth (bruxism), or other factors. Massage therapy is sometimes recommended as a treatment for tension-type headaches.

How can massage therapy help treat headaches?

There are many ways in which massage therapy can help to treat headaches. One of the most common and effective ways is by helping to improve circulation and blood flow. This can be particularly helpful if the headache is caused by tension or muscle knots. Massage can also help reduce stress and anxiety, which can trigger headaches. It can also help to loosen and relax tight muscles and release endorphins, which can help minimize pain.

Final thoughts

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from headaches, massage therapy may be a treatment option for you. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and can often be relieved with massage. Massage has been shown to help improve circulation, decrease muscle tension, and promote relaxation. Come see us at our clinic to discuss how we can help relieve your headaches through massage therapy.