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Complement Ther Med. 2016 Apr;25:86-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.01.008. Epub 2016 Jan 29.

Manual therapy for tension-type headache related to quality of work life and work presenteeism: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial.

Author information

1
Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada; University Research Institute of Human Resources Psychology, Organizational Development and Quality of Work Life (IDOCAL), University of Valencia, Spain.
2
Department of Physiotherapy, University of Valencia, Spain. Electronic address: gemma.espi@uv.es.
3
University Research Institute of Human Resources Psychology, Organizational Development and Quality of Work Life (IDOCAL), University of Valencia, Spain.
4
National Research Centre for the Working Environment, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark; Physical Activity and Human Performance group, SMI, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, DK-9220 Aalborg, Denmark.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this research is to evaluate the efficacy of manual therapy for tension-type headache (TTH) in restoring workers quality of work life, and how work presenteeism affects this relation.

DESIGN:

This study is a secondary analysis of a factorial, randomized clinical trial on manual therapy interventions. Altogether, 80 patients (85% women) with TTH and without current symptoms of any other concomitant disease participated.

INTERVENTIONS:

An experienced therapist delivered the treatment: myofascial inhibitory technique (IT), articulatory technique (AT), combined technique (IT and AT), and control group (no treatment).

RESULTS:

In general, all treatments as compared to our control group had a large effect (f≥.69) in the improvement of participants' quality of work life. Work presenteeism interacted with TTH treatment type's efficacy on participant's quality of work life. The inhibitory technique lead to higher reports of quality of work life than other treatment options only for participants with very low frequency of work presenteeism. In turn, TTH articulatory treatment techniques resulted in higher reports of quality of work life for a high to very high work presenteeism frequency.

CONCLUSION:

Articulatory manipulation technique is the more efficient treatment to improve quality of work life when the frequency of work presenteeism is high. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Manual therapy; Quality of work life; Tension-type headache treatment; Work presenteeism

PMID:
27062954
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2016.01.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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