Unraveling the Knots: How Muscle Tension Forms and Causes Headaches

The Anatomy of a Headache

Headaches and migraines can be debilitating, but understanding how they form is the first step to finding relief. These painful episodes often stem from muscle tension, but are worsened by additional physical and emotional stresses.

Overstress and Its Many Faces

The root cause of headaches lies in overstress placed upon the body. This stress can take on different forms, and headaches tend to emerge when these multiple forces converge. Here are the major stressors that impact the body and lead to these painful episodes.

Emotional Stress: A Hidden Culprit

Emotional stress, such as anxiety and tension, can take a toll on our bodies. When we’re in a stressed state, it’s easier to unknowingly clench the muscles of our neck and shoulders. Over time, this muscle tension restricts blood flow to the head and can radiate pain, culminating in a headache.

Dehydration and Mineral Depletion

Dehydration and mineral depletion can wreak havoc on the body’s equilibrium. These conditions can lead to muscle cramps and tension, contributing to headaches. Staying hydrated and maintaining appropriate mineral levels are crucial for preventing this type of headache.

Overuse of Neck and Shoulder Muscles

Our neck and shoulder muscles are workhorses that support our daily activities. However, overusing these muscles can lead to tension headaches. Discover how repetitive strain and poor posture play a role in muscle overuse and headache formation.

If you are working out intensely, this can also irritate the muscles of the neck and shoulders. It doesn’t mean that working out is bad, but it does mean you have to do something about the tension build up.

Muscle Culprits: The Trapezius and SCM

Two major muscle groups, the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid (SCM), are often responsible for tension headaches and migraines. Learn about the locations and functions of these muscles, and how their tension can lead to head pain.

Trapezius Muscle: The Shoulder Support

The trapezius muscle plays a pivotal role in shoulder movement and head support. Explore how tightness and tension in this muscle can create pressure and discomfort in the head and neck area, triggering headaches.

The SCM Muscle: A Head-Turner with a Dark Side

Delve into the complexities of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle, responsible for turning the head and neck. Trigger points in the SCM muscle can cause tension along the same patterns as the trapezius.
Moreover, bad posture can exacerbate tension in the SCM. Hunching forward shortens the muscle, making it tight and stuck in that position.


Finding Headache Relief with Neu Release™ Massage

Neu Release™ Massage offers a signature approach to tackling headaches caused by muscle tension. This therapeutic method targets trigger points within the muscles to reduce pain and discomfort effectively.

The Role of Trigger Points

Explore the concept of trigger points—sensitive areas within muscles that contribute to tension headaches. Neu Release™ Massage addresses these trigger points to alleviate muscle tension and, in turn, relieve headaches.

The Gentle Pressure of Relief

During a Neu Release™ Massage session, therapists apply pressure to trigger points and employ stretching techniques to release muscle tension gently. This process gradually reduces muscle spasms and increases blood flow to provide relief from headaches.

The Holistic Approach to Headache Relief

Neu Release™ Massage offers a holistic approach to headache relief by not only treating symptoms but also addressing their root causes. This method complements self care, regular movement, stress reduction, and hydration in your quest to prevent headaches.

Your Recovery Team with Neu Release™ Massage

Neu Release™ Massage serves as your trusted recovery team in the fight against headaches caused by muscle tension. By addressing the root causes and providing relief through gentle but firm pressure, this therapeutic approach can help you find freedom from head pain. Embrace a holistic approach to well-being and welcome the relief Neu Release™ Massage can offer.

Maia Spertus LMT

Maia Spertus is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Austin Texas, with a background of experience in Medical Massage, Sports Recovery, Trigger Point release, as well as the traditional practices of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. Through her experience working with people suffering from chronic pain, active athletes, as well as desk jockeys, she is an expert in helping people feel the best in their bodies. She is also a trained yoga teacher, and avid fitness enthusiast herself.