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Headaches and Other Surprising Things Massage Can Help
September 21, 2017
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Massage can help you in many ways that you may not even think it could. It has been helping thousands of people with different ailments for centuries. Massage is something that everyone needs to get into. In this article, you will learn about headaches and other surprising things massage can help.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues to enhance your health. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods, which are also called modalities. Modalities have shown to be effective in treating migraine and tension headaches. Tension headaches happen because of muscle spasms, trigger points, TMJ dysfunction, neck alignment, stress, hormonal/chemical changes, dehydration, and stress/anxiety.

Massage can Help Headaches

Massage helps headaches by easing muscle tension, relieving muscle spasms, and releasing shortened muscles, as well as relaxing tension held in the muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck. When muscle tension eases, pressure on the nerves and blood vessels lessens and oxygen-rich blood circulation improves, which in turn relieves pain. Massage therapy not only helps the muscles of the body to relax but also effectively reduces the anxiety and mental stress that can cause headaches. Regular massage therapy will also help prevent headaches. It does so by reducing stress and minimizing the muscle tension that can trigger headache pain. It even helps maintain emotional balance.

Other Things Massage Can Help

Massage can help with headaches, but did you know that it also helps with a multitude of other body issues? It’s true! Massage can help you if you’re struggling with many things, including various medical conditions, complications of diseases, and emotional issues, to name a few.

Read the specific things massage can help below:

  • Improves medical conditions: These include carpal tunnel, sciatica, tension headaches, whiplash, and scoliosis. Massage also helps tendon and muscle tears, painful varicose veins, sore or overused muscles, muscle injury, and pregnancy-related back pain.
  • Treats complications of diseases: These diseases include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscular dystrophies, Raynaud’s disease, diabetes, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. Massage can also reduce the risk of obtaining chronic diseases.
  • Emotional and psychological benefits: These benefits include improved mood, reduced anxiety, lower stress levels, decreased levels of depression, reduced anger, aggression, and reduced fatigue. Massage also enhances the immune system, improves athletic performance, enhances recovery, improves sleep patterns, and decreases sleep disturbance.

 

Your body is an important thing to take care of. If you don’t take good care of your body, many pains and/or illnesses will become a part of your life. Now you know about headaches and other surprising things massage can help. Remember that massage can help headaches by easing tension. Also, remember that massage can help many conditions like sciatica or carpal tunnel. It also helps with certain diseases like gout and diabetes, and it gives emotional and psychological benefits like reducing anxiety and lowering stress levels. This proves that massage can help you live a healthier and an even better life.

 

 

 

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