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J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Jun;20(6):486-92. doi: 10.1089/acm.2013.0176. Epub 2014 Apr 16.

Effects of Thai traditional massage on pressure pain threshold and headache intensity in patients with chronic tension-type and migraine headaches.

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1 Back, Neck and Other Joint Pain Research Group, Khon Kaen University , Khon Kaen, Thailand .

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effects of Thai traditional massage (TTM) on pressure pain threshold (PPT) and headache intensity in patients with chronic tension-type and migraine headaches.

DESIGN:

Randomized controlled trial of TTM compared with the sham ultrasound (nine sessions each) during a 3-week period.

PARTICIPANTS:

Seventy-two participants who had had a headache diagnosis for at least 3 months before the experiment was recruited.

RESULTS:

After the treatment and at 3 and 9 weeks of follow-up, the TTM group showed a significant increase in PPT (p<0.01) compared with the sham ultrasound group. PPT values at baseline, after 3 weeks of treatment, and at 3- and 9-week follow-up for the TTM group were 2.71 ± 1.22, 3.57 ± 1.41, 3.72 ± 1.46, and 3.42 ± 1.46 pounds/cm(2), respectively; values in the sham ultrasound group were 2.85 ± 1.20, 2.62 ± 1.07, 2.58 ± 1.05 and 2.63 ± 0.94 pounds/cm(2). In both groups, headache intensity decreased significantly (p<0.05) at every end point of the outcome measures, and there were no differences between the groups (p>0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

TTM could increase PPT and reduce headache intensity, suggesting that this is a possible alternative treatment for chronic headaches.

PMID:
24738648
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2013.0176
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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