A critical review of manual therapy use for headache disorders: prevalence, profiles, motivations, communication and self-reported effectiveness
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
A critical review of manual therapy use for headache disorders
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Despite the expansion of conventional medical treatments for headache, many sufferers of common recurrent headache disorders seek help outside of medical settings. The aim of this paper is to evaluate research studies on the prevalence of patient use of manual therapies for the treatment of headache and the key factors associated with this patient population. METHODS: This critical review of the peer-reviewed literature identified 35 papers reporting findings from new empirical research regarding the prevalence, profiles, motivations, communication and self-reported effectiveness of manual therapy use amongst those with headache disorders. RESULTS: While available data was limited and studies had considerable methodological limitations, the use of manual therapy appears to be the most common non-medical treatment utilized for the management of common recurrent headaches. The most common reason for choosing this type of treatment was seeking pain relief. While a high percentage of these patients likely continue with concurrent medical care, around half may not be disclosing the use of this treatment to their medical doctor. CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for more rigorous public health and health services research in order to assess the role, safety, utilization and financial costs associated with manual therapy treatment for headache. Primary healthcare providers should be mindful of the use of this highly popular approach to headache management in order to help facilitate safe, effective and coordinated care.

Author(s): 
Moore, Craig S.
Sibbritt, David W.
Adams, Jon
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
BMC neurology
Journal Abbreviation: 
BMC Neurol
Publication Date: 
3/24/2017
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
61
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1471-2377
DOI: 
10.1186/s12883-017-0835-0
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 28340566 PMCID: PMC5364599

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Craig S. Moore, David W. Sibbritt and Jon Adams. 3/24/2017. "A critical review of manual therapy use for headache disorders: prevalence, profiles, motivations, communication and self-reported effectiveness." BMC neurology 17: 1: 61. 10.1186/s12883-017-0835-0.

Wikipedia Citation

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