Educational Webinar: Physical Therapy for Headaches


Join Denise Schneider, PT, FAAOMPT, COMT, TPS, ATC as she leads a discussion on how physical therapy can be used as a part of the treatment plan for with certain types of headache.

Physical therapy is often utilized in the comprehensive treatment for individuals with headache disorders. For certain types of headache, physical therapy has proven to be successful in decreasing and/or resolving the intensity and frequency of symptoms, improving an individual’s function and mobility, and ultimately improving an individual’s quality of life. Cervicogenic headache is a common type of headache seen in clinical practice that responds well to physical therapy.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:30pm ET.

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Migraine Medication Treatments Similar Among Racial Groups

Prescription patterns and quality of medications for individuals with migraine were similar among racial groups. The study was based on patient data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and published in Cephalalgia.

Researchers reviewed more than 2,800 patient visits between 2006 and 2013 and found no differences among racial groups who did not receive prophylactic treatments.

The study found no differences between patient groups not receiving abortive treatments. Level A abortives, such as triptans and dihydroergotamine, were prescribed to 15.3% of African American patients, 19.4% non-Hispanic White patients, and 17.7% Hispanic patients.

About 15.2% of all patients received opiate prescriptions and no racial differences were found.

Researchers found that opiate medications may be overused in individuals with migraine, regardless of their racial group. They also noted that Level A acute analgesics were underused. They said their data show that there is an opportunity to improve medication prescribing quality for all patients.

Study Examines Use of Alternative Treatments for Headache in the U.S.

Many individuals with migraine or another headache disease seek complementary or alternative treatments to medication. Some complementary or alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and mind-body therapies, have shown promising results in clinical trials. With the popularity of these treatments, a group of researchers looked to learn more about which treatments were most preferred by individuals with migraine or other headache diseases, as well as the reasons for selecting these alternative treatments. Continue Reading

How a Narwhal Helps Children Understand Migraine

Teaching children about invisible pain—whether it be their own pain or the pain of someone in their lives—can be a difficult task. Author Judith Klausner and illustrator Sarah Gould tried to shed some light on migraine and chronic pain with their children’s book Noah the Narwhal: A Tale of Downs and Ups. Continue Reading