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Chiropractic and Acupressure for Headaches

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2012 by Howard Vernon, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 13, 2012
Last Update Posted : January 13, 2012
Dr. Zaxx Co.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Howard Vernon, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Brief Summary:
This study will investigate the effect of chiropractic treatment with and without the use of an acupressure pillow for cervical headaches. Subjects will be randomly allocated to groups with and without the pillow and will be followed for five weeks. The primary outcome measure will be headache frequency. The investigators predict that the group using the pillow on a daily basis will demonstrate significantly greater decrease in headache frequency over a 5-week interval.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cervicogenic Headache Tension-type Headache Migraine Headache Other: chiropractic treatment Device: Dr. Zaxx pillow Phase 2 Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 36 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Chiropractic Care for Headaches With and Without an Acupressure Device
Study Start Date : January 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date : November 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Chiropractic
spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, advice, exercises
Other: chiropractic treatment
12 sessions over 4 weeks

Experimental: Chiropractic PLUS pillow
spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, advice, exercises, pillow
Device: Dr. Zaxx pillow
Daily use of an acupressure pillow

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Headache frequency from a Headache Diary [ Time Frame: change from baseline in headache frequency at 5 weeks ]
    Daily Headache Diary

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Headache disability [ Time Frame: baseline / end of treatment (5 weeks) ]
    Headache Disability Index

  2. Treatment satisfaction [ Time Frame: end of treatment (5 weeks) ]
    Small scale for rating satisfaction with treatment

  3. Adverse events [ Time Frame: up to five weeks ]
    pain, stiffness, dizziness

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • males and females
  • ages 21-60
  • recurrent headaches
  • sub-occipital tenderness
  • a minimum of 4 headaches per month

Exclusion Criteria:

  • migraine with aura
  • sinus headache
  • any other organic pathology
  • any contraindications to cervical manipulation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01509326

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Contact: Howard Vernon, DC, PhD 416-482-2340 ext 216

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Canada, Ontario
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2H 3J1
Contact: Mark Fillery, BA    416-482-2340 ext 267   
Principal Investigator: Howard Vernon, DC, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Dr. Zaxx Co.

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Howard Vernon, Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Identifier: NCT01509326     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 112049
First Posted: January 13, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 13, 2012
Last Verified: January 2012
Keywords provided by Howard Vernon, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Migraine Disorders
Tension-Type Headache
Post-Traumatic Headache
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Headache Disorders, Secondary