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  • By Kerry P

    Trying a B.E.S.T (Bio energetic synchronization therapy) session tomorrow to see if that will help with the migraines. Not really into the New Age type of stuff but drugs aren’t really my thing either and I’ve been taking medicaiton for over a decade now. It’s time to try something new!!!!

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    kerryp – I can remember the day when acupuncture was laughed at. I thought it was witchdoctor stuff, lol. I did it only because a dear friend was an acupuncturist who wanted to help and offered to do it for free, so I tried it. My mind was closed, but my body responded anyway. We did it for my Raynaud’s, which is a circulation problem. The Raynaud’s got considerably better which was obvious even to the casual observer.

    I guess what I’m saying is, if it isn’t going to hurt you, then why not give it a try? You might even see some benefit – who knows!

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  • By LT

    Has anyone experienced their migraines getting worse as a reaction to massage therapy? I have been getting once weekly massages for cervicogenic headache caused by a minor neck injury (I also have chronic migraine). Within a couple hours of treatment I get a horrible migraine that lasts for a couple of days and with that all my muscles seize up worse than they were before. It’s almost like my body is so sensitive it overreacts to the massage. I don’t really know what to do.

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    • By Debs

      Hi, when at work I am a massage therapist in uk.

      Massage can cause migraines depending on type of massage and pressure used, stretches.
      Having neck stretched and occipital stretched can cause migraines but in the same way can help someone that just has normal headache so make sure you speak to your therapist about your symptoms and your reaction to treatment so it can be altered.

      I hate to say it but make sure you use a properly qualified therapist as they could hurt you more than do good if not properly trained.

      I would avoid deep muscle massage and even heat massages like hot stones as they could be too deep for your muscles at this time.

      If your therapist uses aromatherapy oils it may be worth asking to try with just a plain carrier oil instead as the oils could be a trigger for you.
      Peppermint is great for massage however it is a strong smell that you may not like .

      Good luck, any questions just ask xxx

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    So sorry that is happening to you. I get massages quite frequently because my muscles are constantly tight. A massage has not directly caused a Migraine for me, but I’m usually very uncomfortable and more sensitive for a few days afterwards. I have had acupuncture treatments cause immediate Migraines. I can see how manipulating the muscles could cause a Migraine for you.

    Do you take any muscle relaxers? I wonder if taking one before the massage would help your muscles to soften during the massage. Also are you drinking lots of water before and after your massage? Massage can cause dehydration, which can lead to Migraines.

    If this continues, you make want to consider other forms of muscle manipulation, like electromagnetic pulses (also called a TENS unit) or even needling and acupuncture.

    I hope this gets better for you!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By Lisa Robin Benson Moderator

    To add to the wonderful feedback given by Katie and Debs, I might also suggest seeing if either heat or ice after the massage may help prevent the migraine.
    Lisa

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  • By Luke White

    Has anyone got any suggestions for reducing constant tightness in muscles. I have Massages every now and again but they don’t seem to release the pressure.
    When i have a migraine i will try hot and cold alternating treatment to try and loosen the pressure on my shoulders, neck and back of head but has anyone had any luck with muscle relaxers in a medicinal form?
    I take Maxalt rizatriptan for the pain relief but I want to try and reduce the build up of tension before it gets to that stage.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    @luke White,
    I personally take Valium as a muscle relaxer. I’m sure you’ve heard of it for anxiety issues, but my doc prescribed it specifically as a muscle relaxer. (I don’t get anxious often). Another one I’ve heard people trying is Flexeril. But definitely talk to your doctor about it.

    I get the muscle tightness like you. I also have a TENS unit at home and I recently bought the Q Flex, which you can use yourself to work out a knot. And I use either peppermint oil or Tiger Balm on my shoulders almost every day.

    Hopefully one of those will help you.
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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