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Massage Moves Migraines

May 14th, 2014 • Posted by Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage • Permalink

Migraines can come with debilitating pain, sensitivity to light and an overall feeling of weakness. There isn't a cure for migraines. For some people, medication taken on the onset of pain helps, but for some it's not enough. Massage appointments in between attacks can keep migraines at bay.

Studies show less pain with massage

Researchers from the University of Miami School of Medicine studied two groups of migraine sufferers for a month. The first group took medication only. The second group took medication and had a weekly massage. About 60 percent of people in the massage group did not experience any migraines during that time.

Areas of focus

We will focus on several pressure points that are connected to migraine pain including the base of the skull, neck, back and shoulders. Through repetitive deep tissue work in these areas, migraine frequency is decreased. Researchers are still trying to understand how and why massage prevents migraines. Some researchers believe the regular stress relief of massage is the key. Others believe the increased blood flow and improved mood play a role.

While every person needs to find a treatment that works best, there is evidence that a combination of massage and traditional medication may offer the best results. Call us at to schedule an appointment.

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