Massage for tension headaches

Headaches are a common problem and are not usually an indication of a serious health issue. Even so, they can make you feel very unwell and frequent headaches can impact on your quality of life.

Although there may be other causes, the most common reason for headaches is tension in the muscles of the shoulders and neck. This tension may be caused by:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive movements
  • Desk work or smart phone use
  • Muscle injury
  • Eye strain
  • Lack of sleep
  • Jaw clenching or teeth grinding

Many people hold on to tension in their neck and shoulders all the time. Some days they are particularly tense and this is when headaches occur. Other people may have occasional tension that leads to headaches.

How massage can help

Whether you have occasional tension, or chronic tension, neck and shoulder massage can help.

Massage helps muscles to fully relax and release the tension. It can also break down muscle “knots”. The correct name for these is adhesions and they are where muscle fibres become stuck together, due to extended periods of tension. When someone suffers from frequent tension headaches, there are usually several adhesions in the muscles of the upper back, shoulders and neck.

The headache relief massage works on the muscles of the upper back and shoulders, back of neck and side of neck, finishing with a head massage.

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