Head Away those Headaches – With Trigger Point Massages

October 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

It seems unbelievable, but there was a period when I fervently wished I would have a headache, just so I would know how one felt. A few of us learnt a basic trick of married life pretty early on – that a headache could be used as an excuse to get out of doing stuff that we didn’t want to do, and those were the days when my friends used a headache as an excuse to play hooky from school. While I went along with them, I used to wonder how it felt to actually have one, but my luck held, and to tell you the truth, my headaches started (both literally and figuratively) only when I hit adulthood and all the tensions associated with it. And boy did I regret that wish I made so long ago!

To cut a long story short, my doctor could find nothing wrong with me except the fact that I had too many things on my plate, much more than I could handle. So I turned to an alternative source of therapy – massages, or more specifically, trigger point massages. The technique came with glowing recommendations from a cousin who swore by it as one of the best relaxation methods he knew. A few regular sessions, and I was a new woman, more in control of my emotions (the headaches sent me into fits of rages alternated with bouts of tears, two extremes I was unable to handle), and able to go about my daily work without the fear of a headache coming on and ruining all my plans.

So what is trigger point massage? For the uninitiated, it’s a technique that identifies the “triggers” or knots of tenderness in muscles. Pain at these points is referred elsewhere in the body, usually at nearby areas, and results in unexplained aches. Tension headaches are often brought on by trigger points between the neck and the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. The best treatment for these kinds of aches – trigger point massages. Massage therapists use their palms and fingers to apply pressure at strategic points to relieve the tension in your muscles and thereby reduce the pain you feel in your temples.

While my kind of headaches were easily treated using trigger point massages, this technique is not effective in the treatment of vascular headaches that are brought on by the constriction and dilation of blood vessels that supply your brain, neck and shoulders. However, what these massages can do for you is help you relax when you feel your head throbbing and you’re unable to sleep. So the next time, your spouse claims a headache, treat her to a trigger point massage or two – it’s bound to help.


This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of a massage therapy license. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24@gmail.com.

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