Motor control using cranio-cervical flexion exercises versus other treatments for non-specific chronic neck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

@article{MartnGmez2019MotorCU,
  title={Motor control using cranio-cervical flexion exercises versus other treatments for non-specific chronic neck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis.},
  author={Carmen Mart{\'i}n-G{\'o}mez and Rebeca Sestelo-Diaz and Victor Carrillo-Sanjuan and Marcos Jos{\'e} Navarro-Santana and Judit Bardon-Romero and Gustavo Plaza-Manzano},
  journal={Musculoskeletal science \& practice},
  year={2019},
  volume={42},
  pages={
          52-59
        }
}

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