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The objective of this study was to determine whether a regimented massage therapy program could have beneficial effects on the frequency, intensity, and duration of pain associated with chronic tension headache.
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Objectives. The effect of massage therapy on chronic nonmigraine headache was
Methods. Chronic tension headache sufferers received structured massage therapy
treatment directed toward neck and shoulder muscles. Headache frequency, duration,
and intensity were recorded and compared with baseline measures.
Results. Compared with baseline values, headache frequency was significantly reduced
within the first week of the massage protocol. The reduction of headache frequency
continued for the remainder of the study . The duration of headaches tended
to decrease during the massage treatment period. Headache intensity was
unaffected by massage.
Conclusions. The muscle-specific massage therapy technique used in this study has
the potential to be a functional, nonpharmacological intervention for reducing the incidence
of chronic tension headache.
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