Massage therapy for migraine relief
Scalp massage is also beneficial for migraine sufferers. Migraines are painful, throbbing headaches and some sufferers also often complain of nausea, vomiting, fatigue as well as changes in vision, smell, hearing and taste.
According to a study published in The Journal of Headache Pain migraine patients who had regular massages reported as much as a 71 percent reduction in pain compared to those who did not have massages. Additionally, a study done in New Zealand found that patients who had massage therapy had fewer migraines and improved sleep during the study as well as for three weeks after the study's end when compared to sufferers who did not have massages [source: Chaibi].
Those who suffer from stress-triggered migraines and other types of headaches may find relief from reduced muscle tension in the back of the head, the neck and the shoulders. Massage also helps improve blood circulation, possibly a key component to reducing the pain and/or frequency of migraines, which are associated with reduced blood flow to the brain.