Are cervical muscles involved in migraine and tension-type headache pathogenesis? A review

Authors

  • Débora Wanderley Bezerra e Silva Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Thaís Ferreira Lopes Dinis Maia Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Camila Caroline Silva de Almeida Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Carlanne do Rêgo Barros Lacerda Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Juliana Elias de Albuquerque Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Joaquim José de Souza Costa Neto Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Gisela Rocha Siqueira Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Alberto Galvão de Moura Filho Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Luciana Rodrigues Belo Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Daniella Araújo de Oliveira Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.48208/HeadacheMed.2013.13

Keywords:

Migraine disorders, Tension-Type headache, Neck muscles, Ultrasonography, Electromyography

Abstract

Migraine and tension-type headache (TTH) physiopathology is still unclear and controversial. According to researches, there is an association between these primary headaches and musculoskeletal dysfunctions of deep and superficial cervical flexor muscles. Therefore, it is possible to suspect that these structural and behavioral muscles dysfunction are associated with migraine and CTT pathogenesis, causing some changes in head and neck biomechanics, as well as limitations in cervical mobility. Thus, the need for more information required a review of more relevant studies to clarify the role of neck muscles in migraine and CTT pathogenesis, in order to support and direct the nonpharmacological treatment of patients with headache and muscular disorders. The Pubmed, Cochrane and Bireme databases were searched, between January/2012 and June/ 2013, using the keywords: 'migraine disorders', 'tension-type headache', 'neck muscles', 'ultrasound', 'electromyography'. The selection identified 73 articles, of which 8 were excluded according to the eligibility criteria. Evidences suggest the existence of a cause and effect relationship between cervical structures and migrainous and TTH pain, indicating that both peripheral and central mechanisms of sensitization are involved. However, most of these studies are based on experimental animal models, which have different painprocessing systems from humans. Furthermore, the methodological aspects decrease the strength of evidence found in their results.

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Author Biographies

Débora Wanderley Bezerra e Silva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Thaís Ferreira Lopes Dinis Maia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Camila Caroline Silva de Almeida, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Carlanne do Rêgo Barros Lacerda, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Juliana Elias de Albuquerque, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Joaquim José de Souza Costa Neto, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Neuropsiquiatria e Ciências do Comportamento, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Gisela Rocha Siqueira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Alberto Galvão de Moura Filho, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Luciana Rodrigues Belo, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Neuropsiquiatria e Ciências do Comportamento, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

Daniella Araújo de Oliveira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Neuropsiquiatria e Ciências do Comportamento, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Recife, PE, Brasil

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Published

30/06/2013

How to Cite

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Silva DWB e, Maia TFLD, Almeida CCS de, Lacerda C do RB, Albuquerque JE de, Costa Neto JJ de S, Siqueira GR, Moura Filho AG de, Belo LR, Oliveira DA de. Are cervical muscles involved in migraine and tension-type headache pathogenesis? A review. HM [Internet]. 2013 Jun. 30 [cited 2021 Sep. 16];4(2):70-6. Available from: https://headachemedicine.com.br/index.php/hm/article/view/377

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