Headache is a very general word used to explain pain in any part of the head and top of the neck. They can be a primary problem or the symptom of other illnesses or injuries. The symptoms and intensity vary depending on the cause. Tight muscles in the upper back, neck and jaw can lead to headaches. Massage therapy can help reduce knots and tension in these muscles.
A migraine is a recurring event that typically affects one side of the head as throbbing pain. Migraines are frequently accompanied by visual disturbances (auras), sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and vomiting. In some case medication is the best option for migraine sufferers. Clients can usually identify their own “triggers” (foods, wine, night driving,etc.) and should do their best to avoid these. Massage therapy can help reduce knots and tension in upper back and neck and help client feel a reduction in stress which can help manage migraines.
Please check out the other conditions commonly treated by massage therapy.