The most common type of headache is a tension headache. The dull achy pain is caused by tightness of the muscles around the head and neck which makes it difficult to perform regular daily activities. Massage therapy is an effective way to treat headaches by helping to release the constricted muscles. There is a group of four muscles called the sub-occipitals found at the base of the skull. These short muscles are related to vision and posture and they are frequently the cause of tension headaches. Interestingly, the sub-occipitals are directly connected to the tissue layer that surrounds the brain. There are specific massage therapy techniques to decrease sub-occipital muscle group strain, as a result dissipating headache pressure. Fresh air and exercise are also good ways to treat tension headaches. Managing stress with outdoor activities!
This is a question I often ask clients when they come in complaining of headaches and neck tension. Poor vision can negatively impact how we hold our head by subconsciously craning the neck forward. It is very common for the lens of the eye to slowly and progressively deteriorate with age, images are less crystal clear. As a result we alter our posture to see properly and strain to read fine print. Massage therapy cannot restore your vision, however it will help alleviate the muscle tension that develops from an altered head position. Bring awareness to your posture during the day and book in for a massage to help with any achy sore muscles!
What a fantastic way to take a holiday! I recently travelled to Bucerias in Mexico to take Natale Rao’s Myofascial Release Workshop. From Latin origins myo means muscle, and fascia means covering or band. I spent a week with a small group of RMT’s learning and practicing hands on techniques to facilitate glide between muscular fascia. Basically adhesions can form in between layers of muscles and cause dysfunction and pain, such as IT band syndrome or plantar fascitis. We went over specific techniques for common injuries, all without massage oil or super deep pressure. It was an interesting perspective and I can now incorporate the things we learned into my massage treatments for clients with headaches, low back pain, rotator cuff issues, pelvic/hip misalignment etc. Another bonus of spending a holiday for continuing education was a week of receiving massages!