Site Specificity of Pain and Tension in Tension-Type Headaches
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 89–92, February 1995
How to Cite
Peterson, A. L., Talcott, G. W., Kelleher, W. J. and Haddock, C. K. (1995), Site Specificity of Pain and Tension in Tension-Type Headaches. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 35: 89–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1995.hed3502089.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication June 5, 1994.
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Previous studies have not found a significant correlation between location of pain and electromyogram levels in chronic headache patients. However, these studies only examined a limited number of muscle groups and did not assess subjective tension levels. The present study evaluated a group of tension-type (n = 43) and migraine and tension-type (n = 30) headache patients. Measures were obtained at five muscle sites (frontalis, temporalis, masseter, splenius capitis, and trapezius) for patient ratings of headache pain, patient ratings of muscle tension, and electromyogram recordings cross-sectionally. Neither subjective pain nor tension ratings were found to be significantly related to electromyogram levels. The site-specificity relationship between chronic headache pain, subjective report of muscular tension, and electromyogram levels remains unclear.