A BRAND NEW TUTORIAL for you all on how you can use self-massage and trigger point release in the head, neck, shoulders and jaw to relieve those painful headaches.
So, what are Tension Headaches?
Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches and consist of a mild to moderate pain in your head that's often described as feeling like a tight band around your head.
What are the causes?
The cause of these types of headaches is not completely known but research has found that stress is one of the most commonly reported trigger for tension headaches.
- Dull, aching head pain
- Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head
- Trigger points found around your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles
Trigger points and tension headaches:
Myofascial trigger points are a tight knot located within a taut muscular band.
* The knot or nodule can be distinctly felt underneath the skin and is tender when pressed or when external pressure is applied.
* When pressure is applied to the knot, the taut muscular band which holds the knot contracts and this contraction or spasm creates a twitching of the muscle that can be felt or seen.
What is the link between the two?
When a trigger point is located in the neck, shoulder, and head muscles, it can cause referred or spreading pain that creates the same pain pattern as that of a tension-type headache. Some experts believe that prolonged pain input from myofascial trigger points can sensitise the central nervous system!
One type of therapy sometimes used to treat headaches associated with myofascial trigger points is a type of massage called trigger point release massage!
This massage focuses on easing the clenched, knotted muscle by applying pressure onto the muscle point for 1-2 minutes and allowing it to gently release!
Evidence shows that Massage Therapy has a significant affect on reducing both the length and severity of tension headaches
..So if you are suffering from headaches and want to try a more long-lasting method of treating these, please get in touch!