Podcast|June 1, 2024

More than Meds - Exploring Physiotherapy for Migraine Management

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00:00 Introduction

00:37 Definition of Migraine Headaches

01:40 Migraine with Aura

03:30 Pathophysiology

05:30 The role of the Hypothalamus

07:36 Risk Factors for Migraine

13:25 Prevalence

16:44 The typical patient

18:29 Migraine and Chronic Pain

21:30 Red Flags

23:13 Other Diagnostic Measures

29:00 MSK Dysfunctions in Headache

31:18 The role of Vestibular Assessment

33:25 Subtype Vestibular Migraine

34:34 Physical Therapy Effectiveness

40:11 Guideline Management Approach

45:15 Added benefit of moving more?

46:16 Hot topics in Migraine Research

48:30 The Importance of the Patient’s perspective

49:56 Contact Info

51:15 Outro


Kerstin luedtke

Dr. Kerstin Luedtke

Dr. Kerstin Luedtke is a physiotherapist, manual therapist and professor at the university of Lübeck, Germany. She has published over 100 papers on a variety of topics and has done extensive research on migraines.


In this podcast episode, Dr. Kerstin Luedtke discusses the topic of migraine headaches, providing insights into the definition, classification, and pathophysiological theories behind migraines. She explains the criteria for diagnosing migraine headaches, including the presence of associated symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. Dr. Luedtke delves into the role of the hypothalamus as a key structure in triggering migraine attacks and highlights the importance of understanding the central nervous system changes that occur in individuals with migraines. Moreover, she emphasizes the need for a holistic approach in managing migraines, incorporating physiotherapy interventions alongside pharmacological treatments. Dr. Luedtke suggests addressing musculoskeletal dysfunctions in the neck, providing education on migraine triggers and symptoms, promoting relaxation techniques, and encouraging aerobic exercise. She also mentions ongoing research areas focused on patient perspectives, the effectiveness of physiotherapy in migraine treatment, and the importance of incorporating patient feedback into future studies to enhance the overall management of migraines.


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