Cervical Vertebrae

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of the randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) of complementary/alternative (CAM) therapies in the treatment of non-migrainous headache (i.e. excluding migraine, cluster and organic headaches). DESIGN: Systematic review with quality scoring and evidence tables. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of RCTs per therapy, quality scores, evidence tables. RESULTS: Twenty-four RCTs were identified in the categories of acupuncture, spinal manipulation, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, homeopathy and other therapies.

Author(s): 
Vernon, H.
McDermaid, C. S.
Hagino, C.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of the randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) of complementary/alternative (CAM) therapies in the treatment of non-migrainous headache (i.e. excluding migraine, cluster and organic headaches). DESIGN: Systematic review with quality scoring and evidence tables. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of RCTs per therapy, quality scores, evidence tables. RESULTS: Twenty-four RCTs were identified in the categories of acupuncture, spinal manipulation, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, homeopathy and other therapies.

Author(s): 
Vernon, H.
McDermaid, C. S.
Hagino, C.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of the randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) of complementary/alternative (CAM) therapies in the treatment of non-migrainous headache (i.e. excluding migraine, cluster and organic headaches). DESIGN: Systematic review with quality scoring and evidence tables. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of RCTs per therapy, quality scores, evidence tables. RESULTS: Twenty-four RCTs were identified in the categories of acupuncture, spinal manipulation, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, homeopathy and other therapies.

Author(s): 
Vernon, H.
McDermaid, C. S.
Hagino, C.
Publication Title: 
Texas Dental Journal

Cervicogenic headache has historically been misdiagnosed, ultimately leading to misguided therapies. Even with the growing body of literature in the field of headache, this particular entity is still vastly understudied. Efforts should be made to encourage appropriate clinical studies in order to provide evidence based therapeutic modalities for this patient population. The dental professional is provided with the unique opportunity to see these patients on a regular basis without the time constraints now shouldered by our physician colleagues.

Author(s): 
Bender, Steven D.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

A U.S. Army soldier stationed in Iraq developed myriad pain problems after sustaining a high-level spinal cord injury (SCI) from a gunshot wound. These problems were negatively impacting his ability to participate fully in his physical rehabilitation and care. Ten sessions of self-hypnosis training were administered to the patient over a 5-week period to help him address these problems. Both the patient and his occupational therapist reported a substantial reduction in pain over the course of treatment, which allowed the patient to actively engage in his therapies.

Author(s): 
Stoelb, Brenda L.
Jensen, Mark P.
Tackett, M. Jan
Publication Title: 
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To assess whether mechanical traction, either alone or in combination with other treatments, improves pain, function/disability, patient satisfaction and global perceived effect in adults with mechanical neck disorders. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review up to September 2004 of randomized controlled trials and used pre-defined levels of evidence for qualitative analysis. Two independent reviewers conducted study selection, data abstraction and methodological quality assessment. Using a random effects model, relative risk and standardized mean differences were calculated.

Author(s): 
Graham, Nadine
Gross, Anita R.
Goldsmith, Charlie
Cervical Overview Group
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) focused on the upper cervical spine is theorized to affect the function of the vagus nerve and thereby influence the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. This study was designed to determine the acute effect of upper cervical spine manipulation on cardiac autonomic control as measured by heart rate variability. DESIGN: Nineteen healthy, young adult subjects underwent three different experimental interventions administered in random order: cervical OMT, sham manipulation, and time control.

Author(s): 
Giles, Paul D.
Hensel, Kendi L.
Pacchia, Christina F.
Smith, Michael L.
Publication Title: 
Medit͡sinskai͡a Sestra
Author(s): 
Komlev, I. I.
Publication Title: 
Geriatrics

Older people often describe their headaches as starting with vague neck discomfort and eventually moving to the temples and forehead. These are muscle-tension headaches, by far the most common type in the elderly. Although cervical osteoarthritis often is at fault, depression can be a significant factor, patricularly when headaches are chronic. There is no sure cure for tension headache, and often, several of the many remedies-ethyl chloride spray, moist heat, massage, antidepressant drugs, analgesics, local anesthetics, etc.-must be tried before an effective one is found.

Author(s): 
Poser, C. M.
Publication Title: 
Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, I Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Author(s): 
Krivorotov, V. A.
Pobegaĭlo, N. V.
Stepanova, T. D.
Born, R. G.
Kolodiazhnaia, A. I.

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