Can a massage help when you have a headache?

Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches, accounting for as much as 90 percent of all occurrences of head pain. Tension headaches are often characterized by mild to moderate pain, but some tension headaches can exhibit severe pain. The good news about tension headaches is that, though they can be frequent, they are usually very easy to treat through a combination of medication and changes in diet and exercise.

WRONG !!!! You would not start taking medication just because you have a headache.

Fact: Millions of people in Australia and around the world  suffer from chronic tension headaches – what they don’t know and what the drug industry will not tell them is that the headache might be caused by a simple problem and cured with a simple solution.

Causes: Researchers are not really clear what the real cause of a tension headache is. There could be a lot of different reasons. We would say it results from tension in the neck – therefore the name “tension headache”.

What can you do:

  • Drink less on the day before your headache ;-)
  • Eat healthier  … do some exercise (I bet you haven’t been outside for quite some time – go for a relaxing walk or a slow run).
  • Sometimes simple rest is enough to help relieve the tension in your head and neck. Close your eyes and lay down.
  • Stress is a leading cause of tension headaches. Reduce stress … relax!
  • Get a massage and alternative means for treating your tension headaches. Swimming and exercise can help loosen muscles and reduce stress significantly. You should also consider acupuncture and massage as additional treatment options. This helps especially when you have chronic headaches.
  • Take an over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, paracetamol or acetaminophen.
  • Always try to find the cause of your headache and fix it.



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  1. Andy, 7 years ago

    Medication is never a great solution when you don’t know the cause. I usually go for a little walk and all is fine again.

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