The prevalence of cervical spine dysfunction in tension-type headache subjects compared to nonheadache subjects
Muller, Barry Philip
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The aim of this investigation was to establish the prevalence of cervical spm e dysfunction in tension-type headache subjects, as opposed to nonheadache subj ects, in terms of specific objective clinical criteria. The researcher postulated that in order to alleviate a tension-type headache, adequate attention should be grve n to the treatment of hypothesised that there would, firstly, be a difference in the prevalence of cervical spine dysfunction in tension-type headache as opposed to nonheadache subjects, in terms of objective clinical find i ngs, and second ly, a di fferen ce int he 0 bj ecti ve fi nd ings on analysis of the intra-group data after treatment, would confirm that these components of cervical spine dysfunction, in tensiontype headache patients, could be corrected using manipulation. Fourty subjects were diagnosed as having tension-type headaches and fourty nonheadache subjects were assessed to see if they fell into the nonheadache group. From the headache group, twenty subjects were randomly recruited to a treatment group. The subjects ages were selected from the general population and were aged between 18 and 44. The treatment group received eh i ropractic adju stment( s) after light soft ti ssue therapy for 6 treatments over a period of 3 weeks.