The Somatic Connection  |   January 2017
Recognizing the Value of Manual Therapy Interventions for Head Pain
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   January 2017
Recognizing the Value of Manual Therapy Interventions for Head Pain
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2017, Vol. 117, 60-62. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.013
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2017, Vol. 117, 60-62. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.013
The 3 articles1-3 on head pain reviewed in the previous pages are among a growing literature base that shows the benefit of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for patients with various types of head pain. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) has published reviews,4-9 case studies,10-13 a retrospective study,14 and a clinical research article on head pain.15 The case studies all show successful use of OMT for posttraumatic head pain, after tooth extraction, and in the rare condition of “daily persistent headache.” The retrospective study showed that the cost of treating patients with migraines was much less if OMT was applied than if OMT was not applied. Of note, no adverse events were reported in these studies. Clearly, OMT for head pain represents fertile ground for research at the clinical trial level. 
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