Effect of strengthening rehabilitation exercises on cervicogenic headache: A review of literature

Deepanshi Singh *, Himanshu Shekhar Bharti, Anand Aryan and Kunal Raj

Jeevan Jyoti Physiotherapy and Rehab Center, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India.
Review Article
World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 2024, 22(03), 1002–1013
Article DOI10.30574/wjarr.2024.22.3.1809
Publication history: 
Received on 05 May 2024; revised on 15 June 2024; accepted on 17 June 2024
Background: Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is common headache type that arises in the neck and is frequently accompanied with stiffness and discomfort in the neck. It has been demonstrated that strengthening rehabilitation activities are useful in lowering pain and impairment in people with CGH.
Objective: The aim of the study was to ascertain the impact of strengthening rehabilitation exercises on the level of pain, neck impairment, and quality of life of CGH patients.
Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were the subject of an organized review. Digital databases were combed for RCTs published from inception to 2024. Studies that evaluated the impact of strengthening rehabilitation exercises on intensity of pain, neck disability, and quality of life in individuals with CGH were included.
Results: Strengthening exercises have positive results on cervicogenic headache.
Conclusion: For individuals suffering from CGH, strengthening rehabilitation exercises can be beneficial for decreasing pain intensity, reducing neck disability, and improving quality of life. Clinicians seek to think about such physical activity in the therapy regimen for CGH patients. In order to verify these results and establish the ideal exercise criteria, further reliable research is required.
Cervicogenic headache; Muscle weakness; Mobilization; Manipulation
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