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IJCRR. 2013; 5(8): 84-90


EFFICACY OF DEEP CERVICAL FLEXOR STRENGTH TRAINING VERSUS CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT IN CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

Rabiul Islam, Nishat Quddus, Mohammad Miraj, Shahnawaz Anwer.

Abstract
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of Pressure-biofeedback as an add-on therapy with conventional exercise on deep cervical strength, pain, and headache disability index in patient with cervicogenic headache.
Design: Pretest-posttest experimental group design.
Methods: Thirty patients (17 men, 13 women) with cervicogenic headache participated in the study completed the trial. Subjects were randomly placed into two groups receiving the pressure biofeedback training (n=15) and a control group (n=15). The pressure biofeedback group received biofeedback stabilizer (PBU) guided DCF strength training along with conventional treatment program for 3 days a week for 3 week, whereas the control group received an exercise program only. Pain intensity was assessed with a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the headache score of the patients were measured by the Headache Disability Index (HDI) respectively.
Results: On between group comparisons, pressure biofeedback group has shown significant improvement in pain intensity and headache disability score as compared to control group at the end of trial (p

Key words: Pressure-biofeedback stabilizer, Deep Cervical Flexors exercise, Cervicogenic Headache, Neck pain



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