Saratov JOURNAL of Medical and Scientific Research

Method of injection reflexotherapy for the treatment of chronic tensiontype headache

Year: 2018, volume 14 Issue: №3 Pages: 380-384
Heading: Neurology Article type: Original article
Authors: Belimova L.N., Balyazin V.A.

Aim: evaluation of the injection reflexotherapy on the pain syndrome and level of anxiety-depression disorders in patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH). Material and Methods. An open controlled trial was conducted on 95 patients with CTTH. The patients were divided into 2 groups by a method of adaptive randomization: patients of comparison group received amitriptyline 35-70 mg/day and tolperisone 450mg/day; patients of basic group were assigned to 2-4 courses of injection reflexotherapy by the developed method. The obtained results were assessed on the basis of scores on the Visual Analogous Scale, McGill Pain Questionnaire, Beck Depression Inventory, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Results. Patients of both groups had a positive view on the receiving treatment. According to McGill Pain Questionnaire determined both affective and sensory descriptors of pain, with dominated by sensory descriptors. For psychological status, according to Beck Depression Inventory, moderate depressive symptoms were noted in both groups. Prevalence of trait anxiety was determined by State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. As a result of the treatment, the intensity of pain by VAS reduced from 5,26±0,87 to 1,7±0,78 points (p<0,05) in the comparison group and from 5,17±0,78to 1,65±0,79 (p<0,05) in the basic group. Improvement of parameters of anxiety and depression were found. Conclusion. As the results show, it is very promising to use injection reflexotherapy in treatment of patients with CTTH.

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