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The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative therapy, in supporting prophylactic medications in paediatric patients, with high frequency headache.
Headache is one of the most common medical complaints in childhood, with migraine and tension-type headaches (TTHs) being the most frequent diseases. The prevalence of tension-type headache (TTH) varies from 10% to 25% in school children and adolescents. Therefore a range varying from 0,1% to 5,9% of this population presents chronic tension-type headache, occuring at least 15 days on a monthly basis.
The tension-type headache is most likely multifactorial. In children, a connection seems possible between tension-type headache and psychosocial stress, psychiatric disorders, muscular stress, or oromandibular dysfunction.
The treatment of tension-type headache covers a systemic approach that includes both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies, such as biobehavioural management, and patient and family education regarding lifestyle modifications to develop and/or maintain healthy habits. Efficacy of these therapies is still unclear. Complementary therapies could be a good support to pharmacologic treatment. Osteopathic treatment results effective in some paediatric conditions, but in primary headache the possible efficacy is still unknown.
Headache Disorders, Primary
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMTh), Light Touch Therapy (LTT)
Centro Cefalee dell'età evolutiva - Ospedale Infantile Regina Margherita S.C. Pediatria d'Urgenza.
Azienda Ospedaliera Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino
Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-09-12T02:34:42-0400
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