Massage and other hands-on therapies are increasingly utilized to address headache and migraine.

A new pilot study that evaluated the effect of a trigger point-specific physiotherapy on headache frequency, intensity and duration in children with episodic or chronic tension-type headache found that the therapy significantly reduced headache frequency, intensity and duration.

The researchers from the Department of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Dr von Haunersches Kinderspital, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, worked with nine girls between ages 5 and 15. The girls had all been diagnosed with tension-type headache and received trigger point-specific physiotherapy twice a week.

“After an average number of 6.5 therapeutic sessions, the headache frequency had been reduced by 67.7 percent, intensity by 74.3 percent, and duration by 77.3 percent,” noted a statement on www.pubmed.gov, a clearinghouse for medical information. “No side effects were noted during the treatment.”

The researchers noted that these findings suggest trigger point therapy could assist children with tension-type headache, and that further (and larger) studies are warranted.

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