Migraines and Massage: Start a conversation with your Therapist today.
If you ask me, massage therapists are a blessing. They look at the body as a whole and more often than not, they make you feel much better. Today, as a massage therapist, I’d like to start a conversation about migraines, so you know that you are not alone and that I’ve seen more than my fair share of migraine sufferers on my table.
What Are Migraines?
Migraines are severe, recurring, painful headaches. They can be preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs and other symptoms. The extreme pain that migraines cause can last for hours, even days. Migraines are estimated to affect 144 million people worldwide, 37 million in the U.S. alone, and 30% of whom are women.
Relief Is Coming.
The Migraine Research Foundation Impact Awards 2018 Research is taking the lead in funding the efficacy of 3 different types of vaporized cannabidiol (CBD) for the relief of acute migraines. Groundbreaking research has begun to validate CBD as a viable alternative. Ann Crocker, LMT and licensed massage therapist at Elm City Wellness, cannot say enough about the benefits of CBD for migraines. She teaches a “Self-Care with CBD” class at Elm City Wellness and speaks to the great potential that more research into the application of CBD for migraines and other medical conditions will have with far fewer side effects than most prescribed medications now on the market. “Current conventional care is suboptimal, with the overuse of medications putting you at risk for dependency or creating more chronic conditions,” she says.
The article below, (migraines and meditation) discusses melatonin (the body’s sleep wake hormone) and serotonin effects on migraines through meditation. Anxiety and stressors can be calmed by controlling your melatonin and serotonin levels through meditation. Remember,a migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by over excitability activity in the brain. Keep calm, be calm. Regular meditation really works!
I also spoke with Acupuncturist Ed Haberli, L.Ac, also at Elm City Wellness. He suggested several things to note when it comes to migraines. First, he advises our therapists to look at the posture of a migraine sufferer and follow their lines of tension. Regular maintenance of these lines can help our clients become more proactive in their migraine maintenance. Interestingly, he pointed out that the lines of tension follow the Gall Bladder meridian. He also referred to “congestion” in regards to migraine sufferers, explaining that congestion is a “yin condition that typically starts in the stomach and/or spleen.” Adding ginger to the diet will help bring heat to the stomach and spleen, reducing inflammation and congestion. He also has a few acupressure points he recommends to clients to help manage migraines.
I am Beth Lindgren, a massage therapist at Elm City Wellness and I want to start a conversation with you about migraine relief and self care. Don’t suffer needlessly. There is a team of supportive therapists here at Elm City Wellness doing our part to stay current and up to date on migraine research and relief. Together we can work to support better health for you.