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2019 Mar 04

Curr Pain Headache Rep



Is There Support for the Paradigm ‘Spinal Posture as a Trigger for Episodic Headache’? A Comprehensive Review.


Mingels S, Dankaerts W, Granitzer M
Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2019 Mar 04; 23(3):17.
PMID: 30830498.


The International Classification of Headache Disorders provides an extensive framework to classify headaches. Physiotherapy is indicated if neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions are involved in the pathophysiology. Maladaptive postures seem a dominant trigger in tension-type and cervicogenic headache. Yet, outcomes following physiotherapy vary. The absence of protocol studies to identify determinants concerning the role of spinal posture in headache might explain such variability. Hence, multi-dimensional profiling of patients with headache based on interactions between spinal posture, psychosocial and lifestyle factors might be essential. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to perform a comprehensive review to find support for the paradigm of spinal posture triggering episodic headache based on a multi-dimensional view on tension-type and cervicogenic headache including modern pain neuroscience.