Massage therapy relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for headache related medication. Regular treatments help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation aiding in stress-relief. Massage eases the pressure brought on by migraines and tension-related headaches by releasing endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller). Treatments centered around the head, neck, and shoulders can decrease headache/ migraine pain and discomfort.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, “A recent study showed that massage therapy recipients exhibited fewer migraines and better sleep quality during the weeks they received massage, and the three weeks following, than did participants that did not receive massage therapy.” Massage therapy also increases serotonin levels, which participate in the regulation of sleep, mood, and appetite.