People who suffer from migraines know how much of a pain they are to treat. Pain relievers, pills, and being able to narrow down the cause of headaches can be overwhelming, especially when the pressure and pain in your head become unbearable. Thankfully, Compassion Massage offers cold stone therapy to those who suffer from migraines.
When it comes to cold stone therapy, it’s all in the name; massage therapists place chilled stones along the surface of a client’s face for a cooling and soothing effect. There are many ways you can go about tending to a headache, but we’re here to provide some enlightenment on the wonders that cold stone therapy can offer.
The Underlying Science of Cold Stone Therapy
The act of placing cold stones on the skin’s surface causes the blood vessels to narrow. Removing the stones causes the blood vessels to dilate and expand. This process brings fresh blood and oxygen to the targeted area, thus increasing the flow of circulation. Even the stones themselves are specially chosen for this process. We use sedimentary stone (limestone) and marble because they can retain and absorb the cold better than other stones.
Feeling Good is Equivalent to Cold Stone Effectiveness
Once our massage therapists apply the cold stones, you should feel relief. But be aware that the stones will be cold, not cool. They are, quite literally, stone cold! This doesn’t mean you should worry about having freezing stones all over your face, however. In fact, if the stones aren’t cold enough, then the sensation can actually worsen.
We encourage you to move your face and head very slowly, as this process provides the stones a chance to penetrate all areas of the muscle tissue. Cold stones should be applied when there is an abundance of heat lying in the tissue of your face. This way, cold stone therapy will be able to create a perfect balance of temperature and blood flow.
A More Nuanced Look at Cold Stone Therapy
Now it comes down to how much time, how many stones, and the temperatures necessary for cold stone therapy. The number of stones required changes from person to person, but it usually ranges anywhere from three to seven slabs. The ideal temperature for the stones should be thirty-six degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly, the amount of time the stones should be on your face depends on how soon you start to feel relief. This may occur within five or thirty minutes. Either way, the amount of time necessary is wholly dependent on your sense of comfort.
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Cold stone therapy is an excellent treatment option for migraines and pressure headaches. It’s also proven to help clients who suffer from anxiety and fatigue. At Compassion Massage Therapeutic Clinic, we’re proud to offer cold stone therapy as well as several other remedies for pain, discomfort, and stress. Contact our team to get started!