Adults aren’t the only people who need massage, and with the correct marketing and safety procedures in place, a younger clientele may be cultivated in a massage practice.

For example, adolescents who experience migraine or tension headaches also have a high incidence of muscular pain in the shoulder-and-neck area, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

According to this study of grammar-school students:

• The prevalence of any headache within the previous six months exceeded 80 percent.

• In all subjects, muscular pain or pain on movement was most prominent in the neck-and-shoulder region, ranging from 9 percent to 27 percent in the non-headache population to up to 63 percent for individuals with migraine or mixed migraine and tension-type headache.

• Frequency of muscular pain increased significantly with growing chronicity of tension-type headache.

“In this age group, muscular pain appears to be of particular importance in chronic tension-type headache and, unexpectedly, in migraine, which is the most important new finding in our study,” the researchers noted.

“Self-reported muscle pain in adolescents with migraine and tension-type headache” was conducted by investigators at the Department of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany; the study was published in the journal Cephalalgia.

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