Self Massage for Headaches, Woodland Park, CO

Head Massage

 

Did you know that neck aches frequently lead to headaches or combine with them?  Tense muscles press against the blood vessels and nerves in the head and neck and create pain.  The muscles in your head [sometimes neck and shoulders, too] are in spasm during a headache, explains a professor of clinical neurology and director of the New York Headache Center.

You will find a variety of ways to deal with head and neck pain.  These include adjusting your body position, exercising, relaxing in a warm bath, stretching, watching your eating habits, taking pain killers, and getting a massage.  The later is my favorite!  As a child my mother would rub our head and neck when we had headaches.  The following five self-massage practices will also help ease the muscle spasms that create pain, and they will give you a head start on prevention and treatment.

We all know that tight band around your head when you have a tension headache.  By massaging the band, you can often relieve the muscle spasms that produce the pain.

  1. Press your fingertips against your temples
  2. Without sliding your finders over the skin surface, move the scalp back and forth.
  3. After a few seconds, move your fingertips farther back around the headache band and repeat the back and forth movement.
  4. when your fingers meet at the back of your head, reverse direction until you’ve massages the entire headache band, including  your forehead.  then relax your arms and hands with your eyes closed for a few minutes.
  5. Finish by gently squeezing each eyebrow between your thumb and index finger.

A few hints as you perfect the self massage:

  • Only move the scalp a half inch at the most.  Don’t rub it.
  • This doesn’t require a lot of pressure.  You don’t want to exhaust your hands and arms in the process.
  • Try gently massaging your entire scalp if necessary, taking rest breaks as your hands and arms tire.

AHHHHH!!!!  Now that feels better.

 

 

 

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