Headaches are often misunderstood. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including reactions to the food we eat, stress, or even changes in our sleep patterns.

However, the majority of headaches are either caused by or associated with tight muscles. For example, headaches at the temples are likely caused by jaw misalignment or tension. Another example is that headaches at the back of the head, where the head and neck meet, are often caused by tension in the front of the neck.

Relieving the Tension

Some headaches are medically referred to as tension headaches, but in practice, tension is a common cause for most headaches. That being said, what is medically called a tension headache may be treated in multiple ways. There is not a specific tension pattern that causes all tension headaches in all people. The key is to find the areas of tension specific to each person and release those banded muscles and ligaments.

SMRT Treatment in Action

Recently, I had the opportunity to do SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique) on a woman who had been in pain from a persistent headache for 10 years. She had repeatedly told medical professionals that she felt like there was a vibration inside her skull, but it was not tinnitus.

There are limited resources for headaches, whether mild, moderate, or severe, through western medicine. The medications they gave her did not change her pain. Due to various circumstances, I only had about 10 minutes to work on her. I found that her particular issue was tension at the back of head, toward her neck, coupled with tension in her face. The following day, she communicated that she had slept for the first time in years and had almost no pain. She was excited and emotional because she finally found a treatment that would work for her.

SMRT and Migraines

SMRT is incredibly effective for headaches of all kinds, including migraines. Migraines may be caused by hormones or dietary issues, but most often migraines are caused by issues in the head and face that can be addressed with SMRT.

A client at S.M.R.T. Therapeutic Massage & Pain Relief first came to us because of an accident at work that led to a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The accident had happened two years prior to us seeing her. For two years, she rarely left the darkest room in her house. Light made her head pound and unfocused her eyes, as well as making her incredibly nauseated.

After her first SMRT treatment, she was able to venture out again without getting a migraine. After three treatments, she did not have a migraine for an entire week! And after six treatments, she could go two weeks in between treatments without a migraine.

Headache Treatment Options

There is help for headaches, including migraines. Multiple treatment options are available to give you relief. Please do not suffer longer than you already have! Call us (970) 667-4959 or schedule a consultation appointment. We would love to help you with your headache pain.