Are Manual Therapies Effective in Reducing Pain From Tension-Type Headache?: A Systematic Review

@article{FernndezdelasPeas2006AreMT,
  title={Are Manual Therapies Effective in Reducing Pain From Tension-Type Headache?: A Systematic Review},
  author={C{\'e}sar Fern{\'a}ndez‐de‐las‐Pe{\~n}as and Cristina Alonso‐Blanco and Mar{\'i}a Luz Cuadrado and J. C. Miangolarra and Francisco J. Barriga and Juan Antonio Pareja},
  journal={The Clinical Journal of Pain},
  year={2006},
  volume={22},
  pages={278-285}
}
ObjectivesA systematic review was performed to establish whether manual therapies have specific efficacy in reducing pain from tension-type headache (TTH). MethodsComputerized literature searches were performed in MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, MANTIS, CINAHL, PEDro, and Cochrane databases. Papers were included if they described clinical (open noncontrolled studies) or randomized controlled trials in which any form of manual therapy was used for TTH, and if they were published after 1994 in the English… 
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