Chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) is one of the costliest conditions within the health system today. CTTH can affect work, social life and physical function as sufferers try to live everyday lives. Described as chronic, meaning 15 or more headaches per month for three months, compared to episodic, which can range from 1-14 days per month. Your GP may prescribe medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) or tricyclic antidepressants. Still, these medications should not be used long term due to unwanted side effects.
Some CTTH’s can be of muscular origin due to stress-related environments. Emerging studies are supporting the use of specific soft tissue techniques to reduce pain intensity and improve function. Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) consists of such methods and is a gentle form of muscle therapy which has few side effects. Your session will include a thorough history, assessment and a discussion with you before any treatment begins. You might get asked to complete a questionnaire to gain some idea of how your pain affects you. Most importantly, the goal is about helping you understand why your pain has become chronic and how you can best manage it to reduce the effects headaches have on your lifestyle.
If you think this type of treatment might be helpful, give Christine a call. She is our chronic pain and neuromuscular massage therapist. She can be contacted on 0275711672.