The Migraine Relief Centre wrote how massage can release endorphins, increase serotonin levels, reduce sleep disturbances, and relieve stress. Paired with relaxation techniques and stress management, massages can eliminate physical and emotional tension. All of this can result in fewer migraines and symptom relief.
Here are a few types of massage you could add to your pain management toolbox:
- Deep Tissue Massage Therapy uses firm pressure to reach the deeper skin tissues and underlying layers of muscle. This massage type can help you relax but could actually worsen the migraine if the pain has already started.
- Craniosacral Therapy focuses on your skull and scalp and can soothe the nerve endings to help alleviate your headaches.
- Reflexology stimulates zones in the feet to bring relief from pain in head areas. Many migraine sufferers find this helpful, as well as massage of the hands and fingers.
- Neuromuscular Massage (also known as trigger point massage) targets specific spots within a muscle that are sensitive or painful to touch.
Not all types of massage will be suitable for all migraine sufferers or all types of migraine headaches. Talk first with your doctor or migraine specialist before seeking massage therapy.
Massage does help many migraineurs manage pain, and hopefully, it can help you too!
Source: Migraine Relief Centre