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Cervical Spine, Posture, Chiropractic BioPhysics
Objective: To characterize the evidence of CBP® technique methods in the reduction of lateral head translation postures and its effect on pain, disability and quality of life.
Methods: The CBP NonProfit website as well as Pubmed and Index to Chiropractic literature were searched for clinical studies describing reduction of lateral head translation postures by CBP methods.
Results: A single clinical trial as well as 14 case reports were located. The trial showed a 7mm reduction in lateral head translation after 37 treatments corresponding with a greater than a 3-point drop in pain rating versus no change in head posture or pain rating in 26 untreated controls.
There were 14 case reports that in aggregate showed an average lateral head translation reduction of almost 18mm after 41 treatments, with a 4.3-point pain rating improvement. Many cases also reported functional, disability and quality of life improvements.
Conclusion: There is a limited but evolving evidence-base supporting the unique mirror image approach to reducing lateral head translation postures by CBP technique methods that has impacts on pain, disability and quality of life. Since there is little consensus in the assessment and treatment of cervical spine disorders, the routine screening for head postures would allow for routine definitive diagnosis of those having a lateral head posture for which there is a specific treatment.
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