Headache Disorders

Publication Title: 
BMC neurology

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.

Author(s): 
Moore, Craig S.
Sibbritt, David W.
Adams, Jon
Publication Title: 
Headache

Acupuncture, traditional Chinese needle therapy, has become widely used for the relief of headache. The history of the practice of acupuncture in the United States and the theoretical framework for acupuncture in Chinese medicine are reviewed. The basic scientific background and clinical application of acupuncture in the headache management are discussed.

Author(s): 
Zhao, Chong-Hao
Stillman, Mark J.
Rozen, Todd D.
Publication Title: 
Headache

BACKGROUND: Primary headache disorders, especially migraine, are commonly accompanied by neck pain or other symptoms. Because of this, physical therapy (PT) and other physical treatments are often prescribed. This review updates and synthesizes published clinical trial evidence, systematic reviews, and case series regarding the efficacy of selected physical modalities in the treatment of primary headache disorders.

Author(s): 
Biondi, David M.
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of chronic headache. METHODS: We searched the databases of Medline (1966-2007), CINAHL, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (2006), and Scopus for randomized controlled trials investigating the use of acupuncture for chronic headache.

Author(s): 
Sun, Yanxia
Gan, Tong J.
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of chronic headache. METHODS: We searched the databases of Medline (1966-2007), CINAHL, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (2006), and Scopus for randomized controlled trials investigating the use of acupuncture for chronic headache.

Author(s): 
Sun, Yanxia
Gan, Tong J.
Publication Title: 
Headache

OBJECTIVE: To summarize the current evidence that evaluates the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of migraine, tension-type headache, and chronic headache disorders. METHODS: Findings from selected systematic reviews and meta-analyses are summarized. RESULTS: Recently published systematic reviews and meta-analyses demonstrate that acupuncture is associated with improved clinical outcomes compared to routine care only, medical management, and sham acupuncture 2 months after randomization.

Author(s): 
Coeytaux, Remy R.
Befus, Deanna
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Non-invasive physical treatments are often used to treat common types of chronic/recurrent headache. OBJECTIVES: To quantify and compare the magnitude of short- and long-term effects of non-invasive physical treatments for chronic/recurrent headaches. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the following databases from their inception to November 2002: MEDLINE, EMBASE, BIOSIS, CINAHL, Science Citation Index, Dissertation Abstracts, CENTRAL, and the Specialised Register of the Cochrane Pain, Palliative Care and Supportive Care review group.

Author(s): 
Bronfort, G.
Nilsson, N.
Haas, M.
Evans, R.
Goldsmith, C. H.
Assendelft, W. J. J.
Bouter, L. M.
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

Although the evidence is clear that hypnosis has been an effective treatment for recurrent headaches in children, review of the literature revealed no previous reports of hypnosis for youth with the condition of chronic daily headache. Two adolescents with continuing chronic daily headaches were taught self-hypnosis through careful attention to individual strengths and finding the hypnotic elements within the clinical encounters.

Author(s): 
Kohen, Daniel P.
Publication Title: 
Headache

Herbal (botanical) therapy has been used as treatment for headache disorders for millennia. Botanical therapy can be divided into 3 categories: oral, topical, and "aromatherapy." In this article, the options in these categories and the evidence supporting their use are discussed. Unfortunately, evidence is sparse for most herbal treatments, in large part due to a paucity of funding for the type of studies needed to assess their efficacy.

Author(s): 
Levin, Morris

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