Lack of Impairment of Kinaesthetic Sensibility in Cervicogenic Headache Patients

Willem De Hertogh, Peter Vaes, David Beckwee, Hans Van Suijlekom, William Duquet, Pierre Van Roy, International Headache Society (Editor)

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To compare the cervical kinesthetic sensibility of cervicogenic headache (CEH) patients and asymptomatic controls, the head repositioning accuracy of 10 CEH-patients and 23 asymptomatic controls was measured. Should an impaired kinaesthetic sensibility be demonstrated, its assessment could be of diagnostic value in the evaluation of patients with suspected CEH. Additionally, specific exercises to improve cervical kinaesthesia could be prescribed.
Kinesthetic sensibility was assessed using a Head Repositioning Task: subjects were asked to relocate their heads as accurately as possible to a previously memorised head position following an active movement (flexion, extension and both rotations). The repositioning error was registered using a validated magnetic tracking device (Flock of Birds).
No significant differences were found between the asymptomatic controls and the CEH patients (Independent-Samples T-Test, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-328
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

International Headache Society


  • Cervical Spine
  • Headache
  • proprioception
  • kinaesthesis


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