†Osteopathic structural diagnosis is the result of an analysis of the functional components of the musculoskeletal system. It might include for example, a description of body symmetry while recumbent and upright, the relative mobility of various joints, and/or the functional length and tissue texture of various muscles or muscle groups.
Musculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Neck in Migraine and Tension Headache†
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 33, Issue 10, pages 566–569, November 1993
How to Cite
Kidd, R. F. and Nelson, R. (1993), Musculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Neck in Migraine and Tension Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 33: 566–569. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1993.hed3310566.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication: June 12, 1993
- tension headache;
- cervicogenic headache;
- cervical dysfunction;
- trigger points
In this prospective controlled study, thirty-seven migraine and/or tension headache patients andthirty-seven age and sex matched controls were examined for evidence of muscuIoskeletal dysfunction inthe neck. The examination consisted of clinical range of motion testing of neck rotation, sidebending,flexion and extension while in the sitting position. The headache group had more abnormal physicalfindings than the control group. Although the difference for each particular motion test, taken by itself, wasnot statistically significant, two or more abnormalities in combination was found to reach a .05 confidencelevel of significance. It is proposed therefore that musculoskeletal dysfunction of the neck is a contributingfactor to the etiology of migraine and tension headache.