Headache Specialist

Cynthia Orsi -  - Massage Therapist

Body N Balance

Cynthia Orsi

Massage Therapist located in Flemington, NJ

Headaches are at best uncomfortable, and at worst debilitating. If you’re suffering from headaches, seek relief at Body N Balance, a wellness spa in Flemington, New Jersey. Led by Cynthia Orsi, a certified massage therapist, the practice offers experienced, compassionate care and a variety of therapies and treatments for headache relief. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or over the phone.

Headache Q & A

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What is a headache?

A headache is any pain in your head region, whether it’s in the front of your head, in your temples, or somewhere else. It can be isolated to one area, or it can radiate across a large portion of your head.

Headaches may be characterized by a dull or sharp pain that comes on gradually or suddenly. They can last from under an hour to several days.

What causes headaches?

Headaches have numerous causes. Doctors divide headaches into primary headaches and secondary headaches, based on their underlying cause.

Primary headaches

Primary headaches are not symptoms of something else. Rather, they’re the direct result of problems with or overactivity of pain-sensitive structures in the brain.

Primary headaches can also be exacerbated by muscles in your head or neck, chemical activity in the brain, or the blood vessels and nerves surrounding your skull.

Examples of primary headaches include:

  • Migraines
  • Migraines with aura
  • Cluster headaches
  • Tension headaches

You can also develop primary headaches as a result of circumstances in your daily life, such as:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol use
  • Skipped meals
  • Poor posture
  • Certain foods

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are a symptom of an underlying condition that activates the pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Examples of such conditions include:

  • Dehydration
  • Sinus infections
  • Blood clots inside the brain
  • Aneurysm
  • Concussion
  • High blood pressure
  • Hangovers
  • Panic disorder
  • Panic attacks and anxiety attacks

You can also develop secondary headaches from things like:

  • External pressure from headgear
  • Medication overuse
  • Brain freeze

Is massage therapy beneficial for headaches?

Massage therapy can be used to relieve many types of headache pain. Common massage techniques that Body N Balance uses for headache relief include those that use direct pressure points on the head, and those that promote general relaxation.

The best massage technique for you depends on the type of headache that you have. If your headache is caused by stress, for example, a class Swedish massage, designed to relax you, may be the perfect answer.

Another beneficial option could be foot reflexology, a practice in which your massage therapist presses on certain nerve clusters on your feet in order to heal and relieve pain in other areas of the body.

At your consultation, your practitioner asks you questions related to your pain, your health history, stressors in your daily life, and your lifestyle in order to determine the best type of massage for you. If you’re ready for relief, book a consultation at Body N Balance online or over the phone today.

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