Massage Used for Tension Headaches

Results of a small pilot study on the effectiveness of massage therapy for tension headaches has proved promising enough that a full-scale study may take place in the future.One part of the study conducted by Northwestern Health Sciences University's Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies (WHCCS) assessed whether individuals with tension-type headaches would experience clinically important changes after a 10-week therapeutic massage regimen.Results showed very positive changes in the duration, intensity, and disability associated with tension-type headaches. Patients were overwhelmingly satisfied and the vast majority felt they had improved. Although the sample size was small for the pilot study - only 25 people received massage therapy for their headaches - it was determined that the clinical changes observed warrant a full-scale study, for which WHCCS will prepare grant proposals.