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self massage for headaches

Are persistent headaches and nagging neck pain making it hard for you to concentrate and enjoy your day? You’re not alone — 25% of us get at least one migraine or severe headache every three months!

Instead of reaching for over-the-counter painkillers, consider the natural and holistic approach of self-massage. Self-massage for headaches and neck pain is a cost-effective and drug-free way to alleviate discomfort and promote relaxation.

In this post, we’ll explore some of the best self-massage techniques tailored to provide relief, using the power of touch to ease tension and stress. Read and get ready to banish that headache (fast)!

1. Effleurage Massage

Effleurage, a gentle stroking technique common in Swedish massage, can work wonders when it comes to relieving headaches and neck pain. This technique increases blood circulation and promotes relaxation in the neck and head muscles.

Start by using your fingertips to gently stroke your forehead, moving towards your temples. Apply light pressure in circular motions, and gradually extend the movement to your entire scalp.

2. Neck Stretch and Kneading

Tight neck muscles can contribute to both headaches and neck pain. Begin by tilting your head to the right, bringing your right ear closer to your shoulder. Using your left hand, gently apply pressure to the left side of your head, creating a stretch on the right side of your neck. Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

After stretching, use your fingertips to knead the tense muscles along your neck, working from the base of your skull down to your shoulders.

3. Acupressure Points

Acupressure (also known as trigger point therapy) involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow.

To alleviate headaches, find the acupressure point between your thumb and forefinger — it’s the fleshy area where the two meet. Apply firm pressure and massage in a circular motion for about five minutes on each hand. This technique helps release tension and reduce headache intensity.

4. Scalp and Hairline Massage

Massaging the scalp and hairline can be incredibly relaxing and effective in relieving headaches. Gently use your fingertips to rub your scalp in circular motions.

Gradually work your way from the front of your head to the back, paying extra attention to the base of your skull. This technique not only eases tension but also stimulates blood circulation, promoting overall relaxation.

5. Self Myofascial Release

You didn’t think we’d get through the entire post without mentioning a foam roller, did you? As you probably already know, foam roller can be a valuable tool for self-massage.

Lie on your back and place the foam roller under your upper back and neck. Gently roll back and forth, targeting tight and sore muscles. This technique helps release myofascial tension, which can contribute to headaches and neck discomfort.

Effective Self Massage Techniques for Headaches and Neck Pain

Self massage for headaches and neck pain offers a holistic approach to managing discomfort without the need for medication. With techniques ranging from gentle stroking to targeted acupressure, you have a variety of tools at your disposal.

By making self-massage a consistent part of your routine and combining it with deep breathing, you’re setting yourself on a path to a more relaxed and pain-free lifestyle.

Of course, sometimes you need more than a simple self massage to feel better. When it’s time for your next professional massage, give us a call and schedule your session in Vail or Avon!


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