There is no uniform cause of tension headaches: stress, spinal misalignment, hormonal imbalance and fatigue, among many other factors, have all been documented to cause the dull, persistent pain of a tension headache. One thing upon which all sufferers agree is that chronic head-aching is detrimental to their well being. Many people opt for the quick fix of aspirin, treating the symptoms and postponing the pain but neglecting the causes. What if you could forego the painkillers and treat your headaches with massage? Massage is a wonderfully relaxing and powerful form of therapy that can fight tension headaches.
The main benefit of massage is that it relaxes tense muscles and improves circulation, increasing the flow of nutrient-rich oxygen to areas that may be ischemic, or lacking proper blood flow. By loosening up muscles that have learned to be permanently tight, we treat painful muscle spasms. When headaches sufferers receive massage on a regular basis, their body is supported in its endeavor to relax. Relieving tension in the muscles promotes mental relaxation and reduces stress, a key factor in chronic headaches.
A major problem that long-term sufferers of headaches must solve is determining the underlying cause of their pain. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we are experts in the detection of headaches caused by neck, shoulder and back pain. These may be a direct result of physical trauma or a problem that has built up over time. Getting a chiropractic examination goes a long way in helping to narrow down and identify the source of your headaches. Together, we can create a wellness plan to address your headaches, combining traditional chiropractic care with the powers of massage therapy. Call our office in Fremont at (510) 656-9077 or e-mail us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.