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Chiropractic and Acupressure for Headaches

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2012 by Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Dr. Zaxx Co.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Howard Vernon, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Identifier:
First received: January 4, 2012
Last updated: January 10, 2012
Last verified: January 2012

January 4, 2012
January 10, 2012
January 2012
October 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Headache frequency from a Headache Diary [ Time Frame: change from baseline in headache frequency at 5 weeks ]
Daily Headache Diary
Same as current
No Changes Posted
  • Headache disability [ Time Frame: baseline / end of treatment (5 weeks) ]
    Headache Disability Index
  • Treatment satisfaction [ Time Frame: end of treatment (5 weeks) ]
    Small scale for rating satisfaction with treatment
  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: up to five weeks ]
    pain, stiffness, dizziness
Same as current
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Chiropractic and Acupressure for Headaches
A Randomized Clinical Trial of Chiropractic Care for Headaches With and Without an Acupressure Device
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.
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Phase 2
Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Tension-type Headache
  • Migraine Headache
  • Other: chiropractic treatment
    12 sessions over 4 weeks
  • Device: Dr. Zaxx pillow
    Daily use of an acupressure pillow
  • Active Comparator: Chiropractic
    spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, advice, exercises
    Intervention: Other: chiropractic treatment
  • Experimental: Chiropractic PLUS pillow
    spinal manipulation, mobilization, massage, advice, exercises, pillow
    Intervention: Device: Dr. Zaxx pillow
Vernon H, Jansz G, Goldsmith CH, McDermaid C. A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of chiropractic and medical prophylactic treatment of adults with tension-type headache: results from a stopped trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009 Jun;32(5):344-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2009.04.004. Erratum in: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009 Nov-Dec;32(9):804.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Unknown status
November 2012
October 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
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Howard Vernon, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Dr. Zaxx Co.
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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
January 2012

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