Headaches and Massage & Simple Self Help

headaches and massage

Headaches can affect your quality of life and even be quite disabling.

Tension type headaches can be treated with Remedial massage that focuses on specific myofascial trigger points that are located in the neck and pericranial muscles.

Stress can increase the incidence and/or duration of headaches so regular self-care that helps you unwind alongside booking in a massage that helps you relax, is important.

You can self-massage the muscles in your jaw, temples, top of scalp and base of head to help relieve headache pain. Try pressing your thumb or finger into the point just below where your eyebrows start near your nose and glide out over your eyebrows for some relief.  Wiggle your jaw to check and see if you’ve been clenching. Take a deep breath.

Fresh air, exercise, decreased screen time, wheatbags and hydrotherapy are other good ways to help reduce a developing headache.

Poor posture takes its toll on the body making you feel stiff and tight and contributes to tension headaches. So don’t forget to check in with your posture and if you need help assessing how to correct it, just ask one our physios.

Remedial massage can effectively treat areas of tension while allowing you a chance to de-stress.  Massage is helpful to relieve a migraine or headache when they occur but also has a proactive role.  People who get regular massage find that the severity and amount of headaches are reduced.

As a general rule, scheduling a massage every 4-6 weeks is a good plan for managing stress, tension and headaches.  However everybody is different, so talk to your therapist about what you believe would work best for you.   You may need to start with a few massages more frequently to treat any long-term tension build up before spacing out to your maintenance time frame.

If you are suffering from migraines or a strong headache when you come in for a treatment just chat to your therapist if there are any smells, sounds or spots that aggravate you.  Make sure you stay hydrated as well, because as you probably know, dehydration can trigger headaches.

If you know anyone with a headache or are suffering with one yourself, please give us a call on 55355218 and get some treatment.

Written by Anna Zayas

References

Massage Therapy Relieves Headaches

Tackling Headaches Head On

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This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

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Staying Healthy

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