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J Phys Ther Sci. 2017 Feb;29(2):332-335. doi: 10.1589/jpts.29.332. Epub 2017 Feb 24.

Analysis of mechanical properties of cervical muscles in patients with cervicogenic headache.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Physical Therapy, Sehan University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] This study aimed to compare and analyze the mechanical properties of the upper cervical muscles in patients with cervicogenic headache to identify efficient methods of treatment and diagnosis. [Subjects and Methods] A total of 40 subjects including 20 healthy individuals and 20 patients with cervicogenic headache were selected. A MyotonPRO device was used to measure the tone (Hz), stiffness (N/m), and elasticity (log decrement) of the suboccipital muscles and upper trapezius of the subjects. [Results] There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in the elasticity of the suboccipital muscles and upper trapezius. However, there was a statistically significant difference in tone and stiffness. [Conclusion] This study showed that the tone and stiffness of the suboccipital muscles and upper trapezius in patients with cervicogenic headache had increased compared to healthy subjects.

KEYWORDS:

Cervicogenic headache; Mechanical properties; MyotonPRO

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