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Manual Therapy and headaches

How often is a hands-on approach utilized in headache management?

Headache is ranked as the 7th highest disability worldwide, and many options - both pharmacological and non-pharmacological - exist for management of this disorder.

This review sought to determine the prevalence of Manual Therapy (MT) and its overall benefit in headache management.

This article is quite limited, as it remains largely unclear which MT strategies are most beneficial. Protocols were not discussed for each discipline, but the prevalence worldwide was the main point of interest. However, this article does note that MT is a commonly used strategy for pain management – even alongside medical management.

Given the prevalence of debilitation due to headaches worldwide, more functional, holistic, and mechanical treatments may serve as additional options. Nevertheless safety and regulation of each mode of input is still a concern, and this article does not further explain which type of treatment is safe for a specific type of headache.

> From: Moore et al., BMC Neurol 17 (2017) 61 . All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

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