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Experiencing Headaches? Chiropractic can help!
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Are you one of the nine out of ten Americans that suffer from headaches? Some might experience headaches that are dull and throbbing, but for others the pain can be debilitating and may even be accompanied by nausea.
What is the best thing to do when you have a headache?
Research shows that spinal manipulation - the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic - may be a particularly effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.1
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.2
In order to address the problem, you first need to find out what is causing your pain. Headaches have many causes, or "triggers," which may include foods, environmental stimuli (noise, bright light, toxins, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insufficient sleep, over-exercising, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.
Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, which means that the headache itself is the primary concern and not the symptom of a disease Primary headaches include tension, migraine, and cluster headaches.
In addition, it is recommended that you avoid the following food "triggers":
Chiropractors may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways - not just back pain.
If your headache is symptomatic of a health problem that needs the care of another discipline, your doctor of chiropractic will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
1McCrory DC, Penzien DB, Hasselblad V, Gray RN. Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension-type and Cervicogenic Headache. Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center for Clinical Health Policy Research. - 2001
2Boline P, Kassak K, Bronfort G, et al. Spinal Manipulation vs. amitriptyline for the treatment of chronic tension type headaches - a randomized clinical trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther; 1995 18(3): 148-54
Dr Greg Millar DC CCEP; Dr Ken Randolph DC; Dr Dana Berthiaume DC; Dr Justin Walbom DC