Taking Control of Headaches
Written by Joel Phillips
Published on Feb 18, 2020

For many people, headaches are an accepted weekly or fortnightly experience; however, regular headaches that last for a few days or occur fortnightly indicate that there is something out of balance within your body.  The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case.  

A person experiencing a headache, visibly in need of a therapeutic head massage to alleviate discomfort

Headaches occur for many reasons, including postural stress, hormonal imbalance, and stress.   So what are some simple things you can do to avoid them or minimise them:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration will lead to headaches.
  2. Get your desk ergonomically assessed to help minimise poor posture, one of the major causes of headaches.
  3. Do some gentle neck stretches, or simply move your head around in gentle circles. The movement in your neck will help it relax and bring blood flow into the area.
  4. Carry an amethyst, a beautiful stone known for assisting people with headaches.
  5. According to Louise Hay, headaches may be the result of self-criticism or fear…if that is true for you, try working with affirmations on a daily basis. Something like “I love and approve of myself. I am safe”
  6. In cold weather, wear a scarf to keep your neck muscles nice and warm.
  7. Take care of yourself from a physical and emotional stress perspective with the following: 
  • Massage is great for managing regular headaches from a physical perspective. After a few treatments close together, most of our clients find that they either don’t have headaches between visits, or if they do, they are less intense and don’t last as long. At this point, clients will extend their time between visits to once a month.
  • Acupuncture can really assist from a hormonal perspective by encouraging the release of endorphins in the body, which are natural painkillers and mood boosters.
  • Healing Fusion addresses both the physical symptoms and the emotional stress in one treatment
  • Hypnotherapy and Reiki are wonderful for managing emotional stress by clearing energy and releasing negative thought processes that lead to stress.

person undergoing a gentle head massage, aimed at easing headache symptoms

 So if you experience headaches on a regular basis, make the decision to address the underlying factors and see what life is like headache-free. After all, you only have to lose the headaches.

Joel Phillips

As a passionate and genuinely caring therapist, I take immense joy in assisting a diverse range of clients with their unique needs. With a comprehensive background in various massage therapies, corrective exercises, and lifestyle alteration techniques, I am committed to helping you achieve your highest level of health.