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Massage For Eye Strain


Most people don’t immediately think about getting a massage for eye strain. There are several ways a massage can help with this common complaint.

The vast majority of us spend our days and evenings staring at one screen or another. Computers, televisions, cell phones, and tablets can put significant strain on the muscles that control the movement of the eyeball.

According to The Vision Council, approximately 80 percent of American adults report using digital devices for more than two hours a day. Nearly 67 percent of us are using two or more devices at the same time.

All of this screen time leads to 59 percent of people reporting symptoms of eye strain.

Symptoms of Eye Strain

  • Blurred or Double Vision
  • Watery Eyes
  • Dry Eyes
  • Sore, Burning or Itching Eyes
  • Headache
  • Shoulder, Neck, and Back Tension
  • Increased Sensitivity to Light (Photophobia)
  • Difficulty Concentrating

How Massage Can Help Eye Strain

Diagram labeling various facial muscles including those that are affected by eye strain.

One of the major benefits of massage therapy for eye strain is the relaxation of the muscles that move the eyelids. Muscles that move when the eyes are engaged, such as the Procerus, Corrugator Supercilii, and Levator Labii Superioris Alaeque Nasi can be released through facial massage.

Massage is also great for relieving the secondary side effects of eye strain, such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and of course, stress.

Eye Strain Massage Cautions

Your massage therapist should never directly touch your eyeball or attempt to manipulate it within the socket. You should remember to remove your contact lenses before your massage.

If you are suffering from a stye or conjunctivitis (pinkeye), you should not receive a massage until the condition has cleared as these are potentially contagious.

Don’t forget to tell your massage therapist about any recent eye surgeries or medications that you are taking for an eye condition.

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