Tuesday 6th February 2018

Relief From Chronic Tension Type Headaches

Summary

The most common type of headache is the chronic tension type. The most common cause is said to be “trigger points” in the muscles of the head and neck.  These are the tender lumps within tight bands of muscles that masseurs love to find.   Researchers examined patients with chronic tension headaches for these trigger points in these muscles, then treated these trigger points using pressure and stretching techniques.  Just over half of the patients had complete relief from their headaches.

The research shows that a substantial number of chronic tension headaches are caused by trigger points.  Any appropriate treatment must include some form of trigger point therapy. 
As a side issue, every patient the researchers found for the trial had been prescribed and were on antidepressant drugs, but still had regular headaches.  This demonstrates a major reason these research summaries are written.  It could be argued that the prescription of anti-depressant drugs was not appropriate.  The findings from this research allow both practitioners and patients to make more informed choices.


As shown elsewhere, the treatment of trigger points can require a course of many applications of therapy over time, which can be expensive and time consuming, possibly making it unpractical and un-affordable for many people.  With the view to making this more practical and affordable the DrGraeme massagers were developed as a serious but easy to use hand held massager able to be used at home under professional advice.  This allows practically unlimited massage (trigger point therapy). 
If you have headaches they should be diagnosed by a qualified heath care professional.  If they are not caused by something serious, and they fall into the common tension headache category the possibility of trigger points and supplementary home massage should be discussed. 

More information

For more detailed information and references please see the practitioner version of this article.

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Several years ago Dr Graeme, a Chiropractor practicing in Victoria, Australia was looking for a serious hand held massager his patients could use at home to get the extra quality massage they needed. The ones he found in the shops and on-line for home use looked nice but were not serious, and ... read more