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Posted on 12-23-2015

Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, David Katz, M.D., has recently discovered an alternative method to finding headache relief: a massage from a loved one.

In a recent piece he wrote for The Huffington Post, Katz describes his difficulty with finding relief for his headaches. Not even strong narcotics worked.

His wife's massages, however, cured him.

Though the healing power of massage has no scientific proof, it does have evidence. Massage can manipulate blood flow and lessen inflammation. Getting massaged induces the "gating" phenomenon, in which "sensory stimuli simply block out the transmission of pain stimuli in the spinal cord." In other words, the pleasure replaces the pain.

But Katz wants to take this theory a step further: he believes that the massage itself was not the sure; it was that the person giving the massage was his loving wife. His wife, Catherine, is not a trained massage therapist. Would someone else's headache also go away with her touch? Katz does not think so.

He believes this for two reasons: first, his wife's head massages are the only thing to lead to pain relief. Second, and perhaps more importantly, he expected much more from more conventional methods. Katz believes in narcotics-- something that sets him apart from many people who seek alternative healing. He is a doctor. He believes in medicine and he fully expected heavy pain killers to do their job. There was no room for the placebo effect.

If you suffer from headaches and have yet to find relief through conventional means, consider a chiropractor. Here at Lexington Family Chiropractor, we care about our patients. Contact us to make an appointment.

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