Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Jull GA, Trott P, Potter, H, et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Exercise and Manipulative Therapy for Cervicogenic Headache. Spine 2002;27(17):1835-1843. This randomized controlled trial is a great resource for the treatment of cervicogenic headaches. This study demonstrated that patients with cervicogenic headaches had signicificantly reduced headaches after 12 month follow-ups with the use of manual therapy and specific exercises when compared to a control group that resumed normal activity. Specific exercise consisted mainly of activating the longus colli or deep neck flexors. 10% more patients gained relief with combined manual therapies and exercise regimens than compared to isolated treatment techniques. In further blog entries, we will explore the role of the longus colli and other cervico-scapular muscles for…

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Hamstring Injuries

In, Hoskins W, Pollard H. Hamstring injury management – Part 1: Issues in diagnosis. Manual Therapy 2005;10:96-107, the authors provide a research review of the possible factors in hamstring injury. Muscle strength and balance: Various studies have found different ratios in quadriceps and hamstring strength ratios, which could be dependent on the specific sport. Warm up: There is a lack of literature existing to identify best warm-up procedures Fatigue: The authors showed that fatigue is a factor as the incidence of hamstring injuries occurred greatest at the end of a games or matches (Woods 2004). Flexibility: There is conflicting evidence on the relationship of hamstring flexibility and injury. Body Mechanics: The authors found that poor lumbo-pelvic mechanics can indirectly cause…

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Motion Stability