Effect of Sub Occipital Release, Myofascial Release with Iastm Tool on Cervicogenic Headache


  • Venkata Naveen Kumar V1 , Seema Saini2 , Tushar J. Palekar3 , Nidhi Chandra4




Cervicogenic headache, sub occipital release, CFRT, IASTM


Background: Headache referred to upper cervical vertebra i.e. (c2, c3) along with soft tissues termed as
cervicogenic headache. Difficult to diagnose and treat as the cause is not clear. It is accompanied by neck
pain and stiffness.
Objective: This study is to evaluate the effect of sub occipital release and myofascial release with IASTM
tool on cervicogenic headache.
Methodology: In this randomised controlled study (RCT) 153 subjects were approached individuals who
fulfilled inclusion criteria n =34 subjects were taken for the study. The demographic data of subjects along
with the pain (Visual analogue scale (VAS)), headache intensity (Headache disability index), cervical flexion
rotation test (CFRT) and cervical range of motion was evaluated. The subjects were assigned randomly by
chit method in experimental group (N=17) and conventional group (N=17). In the experimental group: sub
occipital release, MFR with IASTM and exercises and in conventional group: sub occipital release, MFR
manually and exercises were given for twelve sessions i.e. three sessions in a week to each group.
Results: In the present study experimental and conventional group showed significant changes in post
intervention (p<0.05).when compared between the groups none of the outcome measures was significant
statistically but showed clinical significance in both the groups in pain, range of motion headache intensity
and CFRT
Conclusion: This study showed that sub occipital release and myo fascial release with IASTM tool was
effective on cervicogenic headache.

Author Biography

Venkata Naveen Kumar V1 , Seema Saini2 , Tushar J. Palekar3 , Nidhi Chandra4

MPT 2nd year Student, 2
Professor, 3
Principal, 4
MPT 2nd Year Student Dr. D Y Patil College of Physiotherapy Pune