Massage Reduces Headache FrequencyWritten by Saman Baghestani
Massage significantly reduced number of headaches experienced by people with chronic tension headaches, and decreased duration of headaches, according to a recent study.
"Massage Therapy and Frequency of Chronic Tension Headaches" was conducted by Christopher Quinn, Clint Chandler and Albert Moraska, Ph.D., of Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, Colorado.
Four people who had experienced two to three headaches per week for past six years or more participated in study, which lasted eight weeks. During first four weeks, baseline headache measures were recorded. Throughout last four weeks, participants received two 30-minute massages per week.
A standardized massage protocol was used, consisting of six phases that fit in 30-minute time period: preparatory tissue warm-up (three minutes), myofascial release (five minutes), axial cervical traction (two minutes), trigger-point therapy (15 minutes), facilitated stretching (five minutes) and session closure (three-to-five minutes).
The trigger-point therapy, which made up bulk of routine, consisted of scanning palpation of upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, suboccipital, splenius capitis, levator scapulae and temporalis muscles.
"When located, active trigger points were treated by pincer or flat palpation with just enough pressure to elicit referred pain or autonomic referral phenomena," state study's authors.
NMT: Trigger Point Therapy and What to Look for in a T BarWritten by Saman Baghestani
Massage therapy is as ancient as noodles. People have been striving to reach a state of ultimate comfort and efficiency, while at same time, cutting work load.
I believe that is a great goal to work towards, and I want to highlight how my experience with Sorbo Vibe rubber has changed my life! I recently heard from a co worker of mine that attends a massage school in Texas about a true blue massage tool that took classic trigger point staple, t bar, and made it more comfortable and ultimately better.
In my occupational field of massage therapy, every little bit helps.. When I tried this Sorbo Vibe t bar, I was amazed! Their uniquely created polymer is smooth to touch, and perfectly hard, allowing just enough give to acheive vibratory absorption needed to relieve stiffness associated with t bars I have relied on for all these years. It makes perfect sense once you get to touch smooth blue polymer they're so proudly calling Sorbo Vibe.
For those of you unfamiliar with t bars and NMT as a whole, I strongly recommend you take time to unwind with or without massage tool. If you have not discovered miracle of trigger point therapy, then you surely are holding more tension and muscle stiffness in you than I am.