Massage as preventive?

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Posted by Panu ( on November 08, 1999 at 09:26:43:

I’m 35 y male and I’ve been suffering of CH about 20 years now, normally four to eight weeks every spring, except the last one. I was diagnosed about ten years ago. Actually my neurologist said that this is called Horton’s serial headache, which made it difficult for me to find this marvelous site. What I have is a clear episodic CH. Anyway he said then that massage and physical therapy might be good as a preventive method. This is something that I forgot for the following nine years and just suffered of the headaches with Imigran. Anyway this year I remembered it and I decided to start to massage my left back (as far as my hand reaches over the shoulder), left shoulder, neck and scalp, at least twice a week in Finnish Sauna (also warms up the muscles nicely) five to ten minutes every time. I don’t know if it was because of this, but this was the first spring for about 20 years that I didn’t get a bout. So being very pleased with my self I stopped the massage in the begin of the summer…. and got the bout first time in the autumn this year! Now that I’ve got rid of it this time I will not stop the massage ever (or until I reach one bout again). I’ve occasionally read this site and I’ve never seen anyone saying anything of these kind of things, but just of the medications. Have any of you experiences of this. I guess this is the cheapest possible medicine and worth trying .. you’ve got nothing to lose (I KNOW).

Br Panu

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