Migraines are characterized by extreme pain in the head, as well as light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and vision abnormalities. For long years, migraines were thought to be vascular in origin. The blood arteries in the head and neck were thought to spasm or dilate excessively, generating large drops and/or increases in blood flow, resulting in migraine symptoms. However, investigations in recent years have revealed that migraines are significantly more likely to be neurological in character.
Now that we know migraines have a strong neurological component, it’s simpler to see how massage might help folks who suffer from this painful ailment. Massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which relaxes us. This part of the neurological system is in charge of regulating our breathing, decreasing our heart rate, restoring normal blood pressure, and generally keeping the body stress-free. Migraines may frequently be avoided by keeping ourselves and our nervous systems quiet. Weekly massage treatments were demonstrated to reduce migraine frequency and enhance sleep quality. A mild, yet concentrated massage to the back, neck, shoulders, scalp, and face appears to be the most helpful in relieving migraine symptoms.
While massage during a migraine may seem out of the question because most individuals suffer severe touch sensitivity and aversion, symptoms can be reduced when massage is administered exclusively on the feet or hands. This is assumed to be related to the relaxing influence on the entire nervous system. So, before your next migraine strikes, plan frequent massage appointments with us and let us help you avoid them.