Team players against headache: multidisciplinary treatment of primary headaches and medication overuse headache

J Headache Pain. 2011 Oct;12(5):511-9. doi: 10.1007/s10194-011-0364-y. Epub 2011 Jul 21.


Multidisciplinary approaches are gaining acceptance in headache treatment. However, there is a lack of scientific data about the efficacy of various strategies and their combinations offered by physiotherapists, physicians, psychologists and headache nurses. Therefore, an international platform for more intense collaboration between these professions and between headache centers is needed. Our aims were to establish closer collaboration and an interchange of knowledge between headache care providers and different disciplines. A scientific session focusing on multidisciplinary headache management was organised at The European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC) 2010 in Nice. A summary of the contributions and the discussion is presented. It was concluded that effective multidisciplinary headache treatment can reduce headache frequency and burden of disease, as well as the risk for medication overuse headache. The significant value of physiotherapy, education in headache schools, and implementation of strategies of cognitive behavioural therapy was highlighted and the way paved for future studies and international collaboration.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Headache / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychology