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.
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