The Journal of Clinical Rheumatology published a research study which proved that a good quality massage can actually reduce the occurrence of headache episodes, decrease the number of sleep disturbances (waking at night for reasons other than the bathroom or a loud noise) and even lower symptoms of distress; as well as increase serotonin levels; which is great news for us all, but especially adults who suffer from migraines.
It starts with the right massage, from the right therapist. Muscle tissue must be relaxed and elongated, a good massage therapist can deliver a variety of different pressures while still maintaining a calm sense of relaxation (note that a deep tissue massage may be a little harder to maintain your state of restfulness). Then the brain releases serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter most popular for initiation a sense of happiness and well-being as well as a few other biological functions such as learned memory behavior. Synthetic serotonin can be found as a component in many over the counter and prescription pain-relieving drugs. Then with increase serotonin comes better quality sleep which lowers levels of substance P or SP. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that is an important element in pain perception. Lower levels means less pain. When the body is in its natural state, substance P remains within normal range, however, when the body is stressed it is more susceptible to illness and disease, so substance P levels are increased so that the body is more aware of anything it may be up against.
So, when you have an increase in serotonin, which helps with pain; and reduces levels of substance P, which improves pain perception, you have an all natural alternative to pain relief itself! Returning your body back to a state of natural normal state may take time depending on occupation and occurrence of migraine episodes. However, the scientific evidence in support of massage therapy is growing more each day, and more people are finding natural ways to pain free living. Do not wait another minute before seeing how a massage can improve your wellness.
Find out more information regarding the research study from the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology.