Do tension headaches have a season? Maybe not. But tension runs especially high at some times of the year, creating headaches. And a trip to your massage chair can help!
Why Stress Now?
Every day at this time of year, most of us are multitasking. Yes, “the holidays” are multiple and demanding. We may be shopping. We may be preparing a feast or cleaning in anticipation of guests arriving. Then there are those parties. And maybe we’re not quite done with work, too! Gad!
Multitasking these days likely includes a great deal of screen time, too. And we’ve been warned about “tech neck”. The head may weigh as much as a ten-pin bowling ball, so those suboccipital muscles work extra hard when we lean our heads toward our phones. And trigger points in the suboccipital muscle group are the most common cause of tension headaches.
Once Again, Massage to the Rescue!
In respect to tension headaches, research has shown that massage can decrease perceived pain, reduce depression and/or anxiety, decrease tension and associated emotional status. A trip to your massage chair can also reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of your pain while decreasing the use of medication and increasing the range of motion in the cervical spine.
Massage Works Two Ways
In a proactive role, massage treatments performed on a regular basis help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress relief, significantly reducing the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.
Then, in a comfort role, massage eases the pressure brought on during a tension-related headache. Massage chair treatments can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by migraine or tension headaches by focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head.
What Chair Should I Try?
While all our massage chairs offer acupressure neck massage, perfect for easing tension headaches, a few chairs come to mind. The MA-J7 by Panasonic is one. Its hyper-advanced sensors work one hundred times per second to deliver an incredibly personalized massage experience detecting over a thousand points on your back and neck. If you are looking for a super-high-quality, long-lasting massage chair that won’t break the bank the Panasonic MA73 is truly one of the World’s Best.
Don’t let tension headaches slow down your enjoyment of the season. Your massage chair can undo clenched muscles and help you relax, which is especially good for stress or tension headaches. So, get better sleep, enjoy and pain-free day, and meet the world with a smile.
We’re here to support you and to answer any questions you might have about the right massage chair for you!
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