A pain in the head?

Workplace Wellness Registered Massage Therapy is located downtown Ottawa, Ontario. Our RMT’s see people who are suffering from headaches or workplace related stress on a daily basis.

RMT’s use varying techniques to assess the possible causes of headaches. By manipulating the soft tissues and joints of the body, the therapist can find imbalances in tissue, muscle weakness and areas of tension and pain.

RMT’s also provide their clients with postural awareness tips and stretching that can help ease the pain of a headache or help prevent them from reoccurring.

The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tight neck, jaw and shoulder muscles can cause pressure and opposing force on the head and skull and cause headaches. Other types of headaches include:

  • Tension – may be the result of chronic stress, fatigue or physical dysfunction. Symptoms will include tight muscles around the shoulders and neck, a tight band around the forehead and the pain is continuous.
  • Migraine – can be described as a dull ache that develops into a throbbing and pulsating pain with visual difficulties. It can be experienced with or without an aura.
  • Hormone – hormones will induce a pain response indicating a problem elsewhere in the body. Women are susceptible to pre or post menopausal/menstrual headaches.
  • Cluster – can be described as the most intense headache pain and comes on without any warning. People will experience 4-5 intense headaches a day.
  • Sinus – increase of fluid in the nasal cavity can cause pressure and pain in the areas of the nasal canals. People will experience a constant, dull, hazy feeling in the areas of the sinus canals.

    The therapists at Workplace Wellness Registered Massage Therapy suggest Doing simple neck stretches throughout the day, in the workplace. Stretching can help to decrease muscle tension in the neck and shoulders.

  • Looking over your shoulder on each side will help to loosen up muscles in the side and back of the neck.
  • Bending your ear to your shoulder will decrease muscle tension on the side and front of your neck.
  • Looking down to your toes will help to stretch the muscle that run along your spine and the back of your neck.

    It is recommended that you hold each stretch for 10-15 seconds and breath deeply.

Nicole Settimi