The health benefits and healing power of massage are well known and more and more accepted as quality therapy. Our licensed massage therapist can help you relax tight muscles, and that in itself can prevent tension and headaches they produce. Massage is great at getting to the cause of the tension and giving relief before a tension headache develops into a migraine.
You can also do a lot of massaging yourself! When your eyes get tired of looking at the computer, and your body starts to get stressed from sitting at the desk too long, you may start to get a tension headache, as well as aches in other areas.
One self-massage you may do yourself that will help your eyes, and could prevent a tension headache from developing, involves using your thumbs. Place your thumbs under your eyebrows, near your nose, and massage slowly in a circular motion outward. Don't press too hard, but enough so you can feel the pressure; this will lessen tension around your eyes.
If a headache has already begun, place your thumbs on your cheekbones, on the outer edge near your ears. Use your fingers to rub the temple area with a circular motion. Move your fingers upward and work your way to the top of your head until you have massaged the entire forehead. Go slowly, use a circular motion, and repeat until you feel the tension ease.
In addition to some self-massage, it is good to use a few self-relaxation techniques. Take frequent short breaks, avoid sitting in the same position for long periods, and remember to breathe deeply. Relaxing the whole body this way can also help relieve general tension that can make a tension headache worse.
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