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Headache removal


Headaches and migraines can be tricky things. Before massage school I suffered from migraines for about ten years. The medical doctors could find no source and when the migraines hit there was no pharmaceutical strong enough to knock them out without also knocking me out. I spent too many days in a dark quite room trying to escape the head pains that plaqued me, with little success.

When I started massage school I learned how to deal with these migraines. Making massage a part of my lifestyle like many people do with manicures, pedicures and haircuts followed by some dietary changes has left me migraine free since 1998.

Often, spasms of pain occur in the body because of some restriction in the circulation. Swelling in the tissues can result from too much blood flowing into an area and not being able to flow back out again. Massage increases the circulation into the area worked therefore, in the case of migraines, one should never get their head rubbed to help it get better. Instead the feet should be worked first. This increases the circulation to the feet drawing it away from the head, relieving the pressure relieving the migraine. While the feet are being worked an ice roll is placed under the neck to aid in the decrease of swelling. Once the pain is brought under control, the head, neck and shoulders can be addressed.

If you have headaches or migraines remember to:

  • Drink plenty of fresh water. Dehydration is a major component of all migraines and headaches. Soda, Coffee, Tea and juice drinks are not the same as water and some can actually dehydrate the body more.
  • At any stage in the attack put an ice roll under your neck and immerse your feet to the ankle in a bucket of water as hot as you can stand it.
  • Breathe! Oxygenate your body. Oxygen is the most important component of your life and is the most important component of spasm release.
  • If you are looking for an herbal aid, Chamomile is an excellent and safe choice.
  • Make massage part of your personal care routine and remember, the more massage you get the more cumulative the benefits.