Tension headaches can be a debilitating part of life. They can affect every part of your life, whether you get tension headaches once a year, once a month, once a week or every day. If you suffer from tension headaches, especially ones that are accompanied by neck pain, back pain or shoulder pain, then this post is for you!
Erin Stebbins, LMT, CES, COMT is the owner and massage therapist at True Balance Pain Relief Clinic. She specializes in chronic pain relief. She has been helping clients get long-lasting relief from chronic pain, muscle pain, and tension headaches, since 2011.
Massage therapy and bodywork given by a trained pain relief specialist can help you relieve your headaches for good. We do this here by releasing muscles that put an unbalanced pull onto your joints and the muscles around your head. Tension headaches are usually caused from repetitive movements. Secondly, poor posture and imbalanced movement patterns can cause tension headaches. Thirdly, overworked muscles contribute. The muscles in your head, neck, shoulders and upper back all have connections with each other. Therefore, when there is an imbalance of muscle tension between these structures, it can reduce blood flow, cause constrictions, and eventually pain.
A very common pattern in tension headaches is to feel tension and pain around the base of your skull and high up on your neck, and to feel the headache symptoms themselves around your eyes and temples. This pattern is most always caused from forward head posture, and is effectively treated through experienced bodywork sessions and small lifestyle changes.
During your sessions with Erin, your posture and movement patterns will be addressed, and the real root cause of your headaches will be discovered. You’ll have your tight overworked muscles addressed, released and lengthened, with advanced stretching techniques,and massage techniques, and the muscles that we find to be weak, will be strengthened, and retrained. This helps you re-balance your upper body and structure your posture in a different way, so you can stay pain free, for longer. You are given home care exercises to help maintain the integrity of the work, and help you get control, yourself, of your pain, for the rest of your life.
If you’re struggling with tension headaches and neck pain, and you feel you could use the help of a trained, experienced professional, Erin at True Balance Pain Relief Clinic can help you get on top of it, for good. Check out our Book Now page to get your time scheduled when it’s convenient for you, and we look forward to seeing you and help you feel your best!