Boulder Massage Therapy for Headaches & Migraines

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As the seasons move from spring to summer here in beautiful Boulder, June 1st kicks off the beginning of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Headaches and migraines, especially those that are chronic or ongoing, can cause a lot of pain and greatly effect overall quality of life for those who suffer from them. Many people turn to medication, however massage therapy for headaches and migraines is a great alternative. Consider bodywork such as reflexology, massage therapy, and craniosacral therapy to treat your headaches and migraines.

While there are many different types of headaches – stemming from a variety of environmental, chemical, hormonal, and physical factors – the International Headache Society classifies three primary types of headaches:

Migraine Headache: A migraine headache feels like intense throbbing or pulsing, and is often associated with what’s called an “aura.” This aura causes visual disturbances just prior to the onset of the headache. Migraines can range from moderate to severe, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light. They can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.

Tension Headache (or tension-type headache): A tension headache is the most common type of headache, however the causes of it aren’t well known. Tension headaches can be mild to moderate, and are often described as feeling like the head is being squeezed. Episodic tension headaches can last from 30 minutes to a week, while chronic tension headaches can last for hours and be ongoing. Unlike a migraine, however, tension headaches are not typically accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting or dizziness.

Cluster Headache: A cluster headache is one of the most painful types of headaches, because the pain is sharp and intense, and concentrated to one eye or side of the head. They come on suddenly and last anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours, and may come in episodes called “cluster periods” that can last from six to twelve weeks. People with chronic cluster headaches may have cluster periods that last up to a year. Cluster headaches are often cyclical and regular.

In addition to massage therapy, reflexology and craniosacral therapy (CST) are very safe and effective ways to prevent, manage, and treat various types of headaches and migraines when done regularly with a skilled practitioner. According to Catherine Ulrich, P.T., “reflexology works to move energy blockages in the body. By stimulating points on the feet that correspond to organs in the body, reflexologists can promote relaxation, reduce pain, and restore energy flow.”  CST works with the bones and fluid in and around the skull and the use of CST, says Ulrich, “restores the normal movement of the cranial bones and fluid.” 

To help bring relief to your aching head, Book your appointment online
or call  (720) 515-9034. I might be able to help!

Love and Light,

Liraz Bergman-Turner is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master & the owner of Heavenly Embrace, a massage and energy healing practice in Boulder, CO.

photo credit: Shiatsu Loft Berlin via photopin cc

Additional resources:
Elements Massage – How Therapeutic Massage Can Relieve Headaches and Migraines
Mayo Clinic – Definition of MigraineTension, and Cluster Headaches

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