Monday, February 4, 2013

Tension Headaches

Did you know according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) tension headaches, also known as contraction headaches, are the most common type of headache?

Tension headaches indicate stress, emotional or mental conflict. In these events, there are physical and habitual triggers. Physical triggers include but are not limited to jaw clenching, tight muscles in neck, scalp, and face. Habitual triggers may include - missed meals, anxiety, depression, not enough sleep, and intense work. According to AMTA, it is by far the most common headache experienced, nearly 90%-92% of headaches are tension headaches. Tension headache pain is usually mild to moderate, but it can lead to migraines. It feels as if a constant pressure is being applied to the front of the face, head, or neck. Some even reported that it feels as if a belt is constricting around their entire head.

With a new semester well under way, who has time for that? Research in respect to tension headaches states that massage can: decrease pain, reduce depression/anxiety, decrease anger and tension, reduce the rate, intensity and duration of headaches, and increase range of motion with the neck. Schedule a massage with Health and Wellness! Remember, you get one free massage per semester. To schedule another appointment during the semester is only $30!! But call ASAP, we book fast!!!

Health and Wellness Services also provides a medical clinic, counseling and health promotion services.

Author: Amy Kelly