Migraine Awareness Month: the benefits of massage for migraines

Migraines are more than just headaches; they are debilitating neurological conditions affecting millions worldwide. In Australia alone, over 4.9 million people suffer from migraines, making it one of the most common and challenging health issues. For those grappling with chronic migraines, finding effective relief can often feel like an endless journey of trial and error. If you’ve tried everything without success, it might be worth considering remedial massage therapy.

However, we must emphasise that we can’t ‘fix’ the problem. Migraines come in many forms, and their causes are varied. This area of health is still filled with unknowns. It could be stress, hormone-related, a lack of magnesium, or something else. Typically, treatment involves managing symptoms with medication.

Remedial massage can help ‘avert’ a migraine if caught in time and regular treatment of the head, neck and shoulder areas can minimise its impact. Your remedial therapist can work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual symptoms and experiences.

Never give up! Always explore different treatment styles to ease your symptoms, even if it means trying various practitioners like a naturopath, acupuncturist, or kinesiologist. It often takes a team of specialists to achieve the best results.

Massage can however help in the following ways:

1. Reduces muscle tension:

Migraines often stem from, or are exacerbated by muscle tension, particularly in the neck, shoulders and upper back. Remedial massage targets these areas, helping to relieve the tightness and restrictions that can contribute to migraine pain. By working specifically on the smaller rotational muscles of the neck, remedial massage can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, providing much-needed relief.

2. Alleviates stress:

Stress is one of the most common triggers for migraines. Remedial massage is known for minimising the impact that stress has on the nervous system and can help to lower cortisol levels. By settling the nervous system and promoting relaxation, massage can prevent the onset of migraines triggered by emotional or physical stressors. 

3. Can improve sleep:

Sleep disturbances are frequently linked to migraines. Regular massage therapy can significantly improve sleep quality by promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Better sleep not only helps in preventing migraines but also enhances overall health and wellbeing, making it easier for the body to cope with migraine triggers.

This Migraine Awareness Month, take a step towards better health and explore the benefits of remedial massage for migraine relief.  Book an appointment today – fitlifesportsmassageperth.com.au/book-online

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