Evidence of massage therapy has been found in numerous ancient cultures, including those of Egypt, India, China, Japan, and Arabic countries.

Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about massage involving pressing, stroking, rubbing, kneading and pressing on the body’s tissues and muscles.

There is also some evidence that massage for migraine sufferers may help reduce the number of attacks.

Massage is often used for:

  • Relieving muscle tension
  • Reducing stress
  • Easing pain
  • Alleviating sleep disorders
  • Increasing mental alertness
  • Improving Mood
  • Relieving depression in some cases

How Can Massage Help?

Massage by a qualified, trained massage therapist can address a multitude of problems that may contribute to migraine pain. Massage coupled with an in-depth look into lifestyle habits and environmental causes with positive actions to take control over triggers can alleviate pain, decrease the duration or intensity of pain – even eliminate the migraine.

Take stress for example. Physical or mental stress impedes your quality of life. It can perpetuate or initiate sickness. A relaxing massage can decrease stress and promote a sense of overall wellness.

Massage technique can relax abnormal tension in the muscles in areas commonly associated with migraine pain. These include the neck, shoulders, trunk, and jaw. Gentle soothing techniques, such as kneading or long gliding strokes to the neck, shoulders, and scalp can significantly reduce pain.

Gentle pressure along the forehead, back of the neck at the base of the skull and around the eyes and jaw can calm trigger points, those areas that may cause sudden or radiating pain.

Gentle stretching techniques, especially of the neck and shoulders can increase a range of motion and decrease spasms or muscular contractions. Different types of massage

There are many different types of massage available.

  • Swedish massage
  • Sports massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Shiatsu

About the Author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.

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