Tension headache (TH) is by far the most common type of headache.
Tension headaches can have many causes, all of which require careful diagnosis. Causes of tension headache are treated with a range of different therapies, which can include medication and physiotherapy. Numerous treatments and scientific research have shown that in many cases muscular trigger points are the cause of tension headache.
It is well-known that active and latent trigger points in the following muscles have been noted in persons with tension headache: the suboccipital muscles, the sternocleidomastoid, the splenius capitis, the splenius cervicis, the semispinalis capitis, the semispinalis cervicis, the levator scapulae, and the trapezius muscle (descending part and horizontal part).
There are currently no studies on the use of ESWT to treat tension headache. Nevertheless, requests for this application are rising; increasing numbers of such applications are being carried out, and manufacturers of shockwave therapy devices are increasingly promoting such applications.
The therapy sources of the PiezoWave2 are approved to treat trigger points in the listed muscles. Because of its homogeneous line focus, line-focused shockwave therapy sources are particularly suitable to treat trigger points in the trapezius muscle.