What’s the difference?
What is a Headache?
Headaches cause unpleasant pains in your head that can create pressure and aching. There are different types of headache and many different causes which explains why they are so common. Types of headaches can be placed into categories as primary and secondary.
Examples of primary headache include cluster and tension headaches. The pain for these headaches usually occur on parts of the forehead, temples, and back of the neck and are most commonly caused by stress, muscle strain, caffeine withdrawal and anxiety and dehydration. Secondary headaches are triggered by an underlying disorder which has more than one contributing factor such as infection, injury or tumor. of rec
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head that is recognized as a medical condition. Migraines have specific phases that differentiate themselves from headaches, such as feeling dizzy or faint, nausea, pain on one side of the head and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
What have we noticed?
At Alternative Body Works we often see clients with headaches, and feel dehydrated and/or tense muscles. Did you know for every 24 kilo’s you weigh you are to drink one litre per day. (Example; 72kgs = 3 litres per day.) We also often see tight muscles in the neck and shoulders that refer pain to the head creating headaches or sore throats.
Have you noticed whether you receive headaches in the morning, day or night time?
If you are receiving any muscles tensions or strains keep reading below the benefits of massage therapy. If your headache continues to persist, it is important to go see a GP or doctor.
Benefits of Massage treatments:
Massage treatments are performed on a regular basis to help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.
- Massage promotes blood circulation. Massage can increase blood flow in areas that might be lacking blood flow and therefore help relieve pain.
- Massage decreases pain from Trigger Points. Trigger Points are areas of hyper-irritable tissue that are very tender and also can refer pain to other areas of the body. Trigger Point Therapy can help decrease the pain and referrals into the neck and head.
- Massage relieves muscle spasms/tension. Massage can help loosen chronically tight muscles and taught bands of tissue. This helps with muscle balance and neck alignment. Also, loosening the muscles that attach to the base of the skull can relieve the tension headaches that travel up the back of the head and into the eyes causing constricting headaches.
- Massage helps regulate certain hormones. Massage therapy has shown to decrease levels of the stress hormone ‘Cortisol’. Massage therapy also increases endorphin’s and stimulates the Nervous system, therefore promoting relaxation. Because of this hormone effect, massage therapy can improve the quality of your sleep.
- Home exercises can include heat therapy, such as applying warm compresses, meditation, neck stretching and a combination of relaxation/ breathing exercises. Also home care can be related to what is causing the strain and tension due to your lifestyle.
If you are currently experiencing these symptoms of headaches, we look forwards to seeing you! Please do your body a favour and call our clinic on 08 89410810 today to book in your treatment. Your therapist will also provide home care home work to help prevent future headaches!