Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management

César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, PT, DO, MSc, PhD-Professor, Physical Therapy, Occupational Theory Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Esthesiology Laboratory, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, DenmarkDr. Fernández de las Peñas PT, DO, PhD, currently holds faculty positions in the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Esthesiology Laboratory, at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain; and the Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published over 100 publications concentrating on clinical human pain research, drug screening and interaction between motor control and chronic pain. The most relevant topics of his research are focused on neck pain, headache and neuro-physiological effects of manual therapy. His research activities are concentrated on biomedical sciences within neuroscience with specific research areas on pain and assessment of pain in volunteers and chronic pain patients, and a main focus on human clinical chronic pain research. He has participated in over 50 conferences with related published abstracts/ proceedings and he has given several lectures at Spanish and foreign universities and hospitals. He also lectures at international meetings/workshops/seminars. He is a supervisor of PhD students, and he is founder and head of the Esthesiology Laboratory, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Along with his university teaching experience, he has experience teaching physiotherapists, and he has held specialized courses for medical doctors within neurology and orthopaedics.Additional Titles by this AuthorMultidisciplinary Management of MigraineISBN-13: 9781449600501

The first book for Jones and Bartlett's new Series:
Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine

The first textbook covering physical therapy as well as physical medicine aspects of these two highly prevalent headache disorders from both a clinical and evidence-based perspective.

Doody's Book Review, Score 94: 5 Stars!

Written and contributed by international experts, Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management provides the best current evidence on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of patients with the highly prevalent tension type and cervicogenic headache, integrating the most recent clinical research data with basic science knowledge. It covers both physical therapy and physical medicine approaches to the management of these headache disorders, paying special attention to the relevance of the cervical joints and muscles in the etiology of these two headache types.

Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management offers clear guidance for physical examination and identification of underlying patho-physiological and functional causative and maintaining features, together with manual as well as more invasive treatment options. It is the first text to provide such a comprehensive compilation of the best evidence – both empirical and clinical – regarding physical therapy care of patients with tension and cervicogenic headache.

Important topics include:

  • the manual examination of both joint and muscles of the cervical and thoracic spine
  • examination techniques supported by clinical reasoning procedure and based on the most recent research
  • the research basis and—in absence of sufficient research evidence—the pathophysiologic rationale for the use of the various physical therapy management techniques
  • a detailed and well-illustrated review of non-invasive physical therapy management techniques available to the clinician
  • spinal manipulative procedures including joint mobilization, manipulation, muscle energy, and soft tissues techniques directed at the cervical and thoracic spine and the temporomandibular joints
  • a variety of therapeutic tools for the management of several musculoskeletal disorders that frequently cause tension-type and cervicogenic headache
  • relevant invasive physical therapy and physical medicine techniques including dry needling and injection of botulinum toxin, commonly used in the management of headache disordersthe pharmacological interventions most commonly used for the prophylactic and therapeutic treatment of these headache disorders

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