Massage Crumbles Headache
By Lara Evans Bracciante
Originally published in Massage Bodywork
magazine, April/May 2003.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
New research verifies what massage therapists have always known: massage eases chronic tension headaches (American Journal of Public Health, October 2002). The small study measured baseline values of 14 non-migraine, tension headache sufferers for four weeks, documenting frequency, duration and intensity of the headaches. Subjects then received two 30-minute massage sessions each week for four weeks, emphasizing the neck and shoulder area. After just one week of therapy, subjects reported significant reductions in headache frequency, which continued throughout the study. The duration of the headaches showed a tendency to decrease, but the intensity, when they did come on, remained unaffected.