Headaches don’t always originate from inside the head itself, as it is important to remember that there are many different types of headaches that we could be suffering with. Often the pain is felt in the shoulders or neck, and then later progresses in to a headache, and we often don’t associate the two as being linked with one another. These types are referred to as a “Tension Headache”.
The pain of a tension headache can be described as feeling like an elastic band is squeezing around the head, and more of a dull, throbbing pain.
Remedial massage therapy has been shown to relieve tension headaches caused from tight muscles irritating and pinching on the occipital nerves that run over the base of the skull. Even the muscles as far down the back as the rhomboids and trapezius have been shown to exacerbate the impact of headaches due to restricting the range of movement in the neck
Remedial massage therapy offers a great natural alternative to prescription medications for tension headaches that aims to address the cause of the problem, rather than simply silencing the symptoms.
There are actually thought to be hundreds of different types of headaches, but these are four very common types that folk suffer with the most: sinus, tension, migraine and cluster.
It’s important to know what type of headache it is that your are suffering with in order to figure out what the best method of treatment will be.