This research was supported, in part, by the Medical Research Service of the Veterans Administration, Health Service Research and Development Grant 4187-003.
EMG Biofeedback During Dynamic Movement as a Treatment for Tension Headache
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 41–44, January 1984
How to Cite
Ahles, T. A., King, A. and Martin, J. E. (1984), EMG Biofeedback During Dynamic Movement as a Treatment for Tension Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 24: 41–44. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1984.hed2401041.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: June 2, 1983
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Recent attempts to identify EMG elevations in patients with tension headaches have produced contradictory results. In the present case study, a 36-year-old male with a 17 year history of tension headaches was treated with trapezius EMG biofeedback while walking on a treadmill. The results demonstrated that: (1) EMG elevations could be identified during dynamic movement but not while in a static position and (2) EMG biofeedback during dynamic movement was effective in reducing EMG levels and headache activity. The results are discussed in terms of the potential importance of assessing and modifying patterns of elevated EMG activity which contribute to headaches during naturalistic activities such as walking.