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Benefits of Massage for Chronic Headache

A 30-minute massage can improve the psychological and physiological state of people with chronic tension-type headaches, according to a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. In a small study, 11 people with chronic-tension type headache received either head-neck massage with a focus on pressure points or a placebo (detuned ultrasound). Researchers investigated the immediate effects of both treatments on heart rate variability, mood states and pressure pain thresholds.

Those who received the massage reported relief from symptoms within 24 hours. According to researchers at the University of Grenada, a single session of the trigger point massage produced a decrease in tension, anger status and perceived pain in patients with chronic tension-type headache, as well as a beneficial increase in index heart rate variability.

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