Deep Tissue Massage for Headaches and Migraines

The Symptoms of Headaches and Migraines

  • Aching head
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Flashing lights
  • Nausea

Massage can help if you know

  • The tops of your shoulders are tight (Trapezius muscle)
  • You have tension at the base of your skull (Occiput)
  • You have more headaches since straining yourself during sport or lifting or other physical activity
  • You have noticed more headaches whilst spending hours sitting at a desk or in front of a computer
  • You have been through a really trying time
  • Its been incredibly stressful at work
  • You’ve had more headaches since starting at the gym

Massage can help too:

  • Remove general tension in the neck and shoulders and base of the skull (Trapezius muscle)
  • Improve circulation in the muscle remove tension in the SCM (sternocleidomastoid) which can contribute to headaches and migraines
  • Soften trigger points in the muscles which shorten them and affect their ability to work efficiently even in the muscles of the face.

Techniques of massage

  • Gentle warming softening the area
  • Applying pressure to trigger points (knots in the muscle) getting them to soften and dissolve
  • Stretching

What you may notice after the massage

  • You feel relaxed and quite tired
  • Your muscles feel a little sore for 24 hours afterwards
  • It feels easier to move your head and neck
  • The Headaches reduce or stop

How many massage treatments will I need?

The amount of massage treatments you need really depends on the individual. How tight the muscles are. How long they have carried the tension and how quickly the muscles respond to the massage. Everyone is different. Sometimes only one treatment is needed, for someone else it could be two or even three