OMT Minute  |   October 2019
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Considerations in Tension-Type Headache
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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment / Pain Management/Palliative Care / Headache
OMT Minute   |   October 2019
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Considerations in Tension-Type Headache
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2019, Vol. 119, e40-e41. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.096
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2019, Vol. 119, e40-e41. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.096
Tension-type headache (TTH) is estimated to affect 65.6 million people in the United States, exceeding the number of those affected by migraine.1 It is categorized as episodic, frequent episodic, or chronic, with significant disability and resistance to medical management associated with the latter types.2 The pain associated with TTH is commonly bilateral and is often described as a dull, band-like sensation around the frontal, temporal, and suboccipital regions of the head; the neck may also be affected. Tension-type headache is most commonly triggered by mental stress and muscle tension, which suggests a mind-body-spirit connection that may be optimally treated with an osteopathic approach.3 

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