Common Causes of Headaches
- Muscle tightness
- Impaired blood-flow
There are two main headache types – muscle tension and vascular headaches.
The first, muscle tension headaches, occur when face, neck, and head muscles tighten. The latter, known best by migraines, cluster headaches, and high blood pressure-related headaches, are the throbbing headaches caused by swollen and constricted blood vessels impacting blood supply to the brain. Common symptoms include nausea, impaired vision, and sensitivity to light and sound.
We at The Healthy Foundation have the knowledge, background, and skills to alleviate your headaches through various methods including massage, acupuncture, and more.
How Massage Works
Massages reduces healing and recovery time by relieving inflammation in target areas.
How Massage Helps Headaches
Massage relaxes tight muscles, relieves spasms, and alleviates tension in the head, shoulders, and neck. This in turn alleviates pressure on nerves and blood vessels, improving circulation and relieving pain. Like acupuncture, massage also works to release endorphins, relieving stress that causes or prolongs headaches.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture releases two kinds of chemicals inside your body – endogenous opioids and endorphins. The former fight pain, the latter help you relax, and together they can reduce muscle tension and inflammation, allowing your body to heal faster and more naturally, in similar fashion as a massage.
How Acupuncture Helps Headaches
Acupuncture helps headaches by releasing muscle tension and directing blood flow to targeted areas – the perfect solutions to both tension headaches and vascular headaches. Additionally, acupuncture is known to regulate both the central and autonomic nervous systems. This evens your heart rate and augments the brain’s executive function, allowing you to recover and deal with stress without interference from fight-or-flight instincts.