Often, the causes of headaches and migraines are external life stresses and their resulting tension in the muscles surrounding the cranium (head).
Suboccipitals and Temporalis muscles are common culprits of tension headaches.
When muscles in the neck and head tighten in response to outside stress, this tightening reaction further constricts the blood flow, entraps the nerves, and thereby causes more pain, sending the body into a vicious cycle of "Spasm causing Pain causing Spasm."
Many people suffer for years, popping painkillers to numb the lingering headaches.
Massage therapy is a very effective solution for tension headaches caused by stress.
Targeted hands-on therapy relieves chronically tight areas in the Suboccipital muscles at the base of the skull, and the Temporalis muscles on the sides of the head, both of which are common culprits in causing tension headaches.
You can relieve some tension yourself by gently compressing and massaging these muscles. The Suboccipitals can be addressed with the thumb or fingers, or over a golf ball by leaning back against a couch, or on the floor. It's best to hold each tender point for 10-12 seconds.
The Temporalis is a fan-shaped muscle right above the ear. Its thin fibers contain main trigger points right on the side of the head. Extending down, these fibers narrow into a tendon and attach to the lower jaw under the cheekbone in front of the ear, which is more difficult to access.
Massage pumps more blood flow to these constricted areas. The blood flow allows the muscle tissue and fascia to function properly, receive oxygen, and eliminate waste products more effectively.
If you, or someone you know, suffers from tension headaches or migraines, give our experienced therapists a try. We have had tremendous success in treating headaches within a short treatment period.