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Have Chronic Headaches? Get a Massage
July 2015, By Massage Therapy Foundation Contributor

Chronic headaches can be debilitating. Though it seems intuitive that massage therapy may be an effective treatment for chronic headaches, little research has been conducted to validate the use of massage therapy for managing chronic headaches.

In this month's research review provided by the Massage Therapy Foundation, we take a closer look at one research team's attempt to examine massage therapy as a nonpharmacological approach to treating chronic headaches. Quinn and colleagues conducted a pilot study with individuals to "determine whether a regimented massage therapy program could have beneficial effects on the frequency, intensity, and duration of pain associated with chronic tension headache."

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Trigger Point Therapy and the Weekend Warrior
Oct 14, 2014 by Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS

Many people have trouble fitting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity into each day and try to make up for their inactivity during the week with long bouts of exercise on the weekends. These people are known as weekend warriors, a group who is sedentary Monday through Friday, then goes crazy on the weekends trying to cram it all in. Kruger et al (2007) tells us that “approximately 1-3% of U.S. adults are classified as weekend warriors by two national surveys and about 81% of weekend warriors participated in household and transportation activities, while 65% participated in sports or exercise.” The term weekend warrior refers not only to the sports enthusiast, but also to the home repair and improvement project enthusiast. Both of these types of activity involve overuse of muscle tissue for extended periods of time, specifically in those who are not prepared for this level of activity.

Common Injuries

The weekend warrior strategy is “most popular with those aged 45-64, an age group that often experiences time constraints from having to care for children as well as parents, in addition to large occupational time demands.”1 Common injuries resulting from the weekend warrior strategy can include “cervical herniated discs, impingement/rotator cuff tears of the shoulder, and low back pain, ACL and meniscal tears of the knee, muscle strains/tendinitis, and ankle sprains.” Even more common is acute trigger point activation.

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