MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINTS AND TENSION HEADACHE
Tension Type Headache is a common clinical presentation that constitutes a major health problem in the United States. Population based studies suggest 1-yr prevalence rates of 38.3% for episodic tension-type headache and 2.2% for the chronic form, although the prevalence has increased in recent years. Ferdandez-de-las-Penas et al March 2008 have shown that the cervical musculature plays an important causal or pathogenic role in headache pain perception. It is postulated that active myofascial trigger points in the suboccipital muscles may reduce muscle function, and this can contribute to disuse muscle atrophy, perpetuating the pain cycle. Tension and nociceptive irritation in the suboccipital muscles, particularly the Rectus Capitus Posterior Minor can contribute to Tension-Type Headache. Any active or latent trigger points in this area must be addressed as part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to management of Tension Type Headache. Treatment types include spinal manipulation, massage, acupuncture, and injections.
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Dr. Sean Billings
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Colorado Springs, CO 80909