Migraine

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Medi-ssage Health

Medical Massage located in Tempe, AZ

Nearly 40 million people in the United States experience migraines, the Migraine Research Foundation reports. At Medi-ssage Health in Tempe, Arizona, medical massage provider Arricka Watkins, LMT, MMP, uses neck and shoulder massage techniques and CBD Clinic™ Level 3 ointment to alleviate migraine pain. Call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Migraine Q&A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a common, yet severe, headache that typically causes one-sided pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, and other uncomfortable symptoms. While medication can temporarily relieve some of these symptoms, Medi-ssage Health offers a nonsurgical, medication-free solution.

With a team of medical massage providers, the clinic provides targeted massage techniques to alleviate neck and shoulder tension that can exacerbate migraine pain.

What are the stages of a migraine?

Migraines often develop in four distinct stages. Not everybody with migraines experiences all four stages, but many do. The four stages of a migraine include:

Prodrome

Prodrome, the initial stage of a migraine, can cause subtle symptoms, such as neck stiffness, constipation, and mood swings.

Aura

The aura stage often causes visual changes, such as flashes of light or vision loss. Some individuals also experience weakness and pins and needles in the extremities.

Attack

During a migraine attack, you may experience one-sided pain, throbbing, sensitivity to light, and even nausea and vomiting.

Postdrome

After the first three migraine stages, you may feel drained and weak during the final postdrome stage. 

Migraine symptoms can change depending on the stage and severity of your condition. Some migraines last 1-3 days, while some continue for longer stretches of time.

What causes a migraine?

While scientists don’t know exactly what causes migraines, certain factors can trigger an episode, including:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.)
  • Weather changes
  • Certain medications
  • Sexual activity
  • Intense exercise
  • Certain foods (salty snacks, cheese, etc.)
  • Food additives
  • Sleep changes

Once you identify your migraine triggers, you can reduce the frequency of your attacks.

What are the treatments for a migraine?

Neck and shoulder pain can cause tension that radiates through the head, which may trigger a migraine. Reducing that tension and stress can help alleviate migraine pain and prevent new attacks.

To relieve migraine symptoms, the medical massage providers at Medi-ssage Health apply CBD Clinic Level 3 ointment, which contains the anesthetic lidocaine, to numb your pain while they perform neck and shoulder release techniques. Combining these targeted methods can help reduce pain and relieve muscle tension.

To learn more about migraines, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.