A critical appraisal of "Dry needling versus friction massage to treat tension type headache: a randomized clinical trial"

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2020-11

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Johnson, Emma

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This appraisal was conducted to answer the clinical question "is dry needling an effective treatment for reducing the frequency of cervicogenic headaches in young adults"�. The study "Dry needling versus friction massage to treat tension type headache: A randomized clinical trial"� by Kamali et al explored and compared the effectiveness of both dry needling and friction massage. This study showed that both modalities are equally effective for cervicogenic headaches, which allows clinicians to be able to choose which modality to use when treating patients with this condition. While there were some drawbacks to this study, such as the lack of explanation of the modalities in the introduction or the relatively small and not diverse sample size, the results of the study still showed that the treatments were effective, and using either method should produce similar results for other clinicians regardless of the modality chosen.

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