Abstract Title:

Myofascial trigger points in children with tension-type headache: a new diagnostic and therapeutic option.

Abstract Source:

J Enzyme Inhib. 1992;5(4):293-8. PMID: 19339283

Abstract Author(s):

Celina von Stülpnagel, Peter Reilich, Andreas Straube, Jan Schäfer, Astrid Blaschek, Seung-Hee Lee, Wolfgang Müller-Felber, Volkmar Henschel, Ulrich Mansmann, Florian Heinen

Abstract:

The goal of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of a trigger point-specific physiotherapy on headache frequency, intensity, and duration in children with episodic or chronic tension-type headache. Patients were recruited from the special headache outpatient clinic. A total of 9 girls (mean age 13.1 years; range, 5-15 years) with the diagnosis of tension-type headache participated in the pilot study from May to September 2006 and received trigger point-specific physiotherapy twice a week by a trained physiotherapist. After an average number of 6.5 therapeutic sessions, the headache frequency had been reduced by 67.7%, intensity by 74.3%, and duration by 77.3%. No side effects were noted during the treatment. These preliminary findings suggest a role for active trigger points in children with tension-type headache. Trigger point-specific physiotherapy seems to be an effective therapy in these children. Further prospective and controlled studies in a larger cohort are warranted.

Study Type : Human Study
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