While many people associate chiropractic care as a treatment for bad backs, there is growing documentation that chiropractic is also effective in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association reports that 14 percent of the public who see chiropractors presently go for headaches.
As always, it all comes down to the proper diagnosis. Headaches that are caused from chronic muscle spasm and trigger points often respond to adjustments and soft tissue work. At your first appointment at Ducat Chiropractic & Sports Medicine we’ll conduct a thorough exam to determine if we can actually help you with the type of headaches you have. If we determine that you’re a candidate for care we’ll suggest a short treatment plan and begin treatment that day.
Chiropractors see hundreds of people who have been suffering for years with pain and are at their wits end because the only thing offered to them by their physicians and specialists are more drugs. Many people think headaches are normal and take over-the-counter or prescription drugs to relieve the pain. But these drugs only dull the pain, they don’t treat the cause, which is why the headache returns.
In addition to chronic headaches, chiropractic care is also effective in treating tension headaches. A recent study released by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research finds that individuals undergoing chiropractic therapy showed sustained reduction in headache frequency and severity compared with patients who took the drug amitriptyline, a commonly prescribed medication for tension headaches.
People around the world continue to turn to chiropractor treatment for headache relief. It was estimated in by the National Institutes of Health that over 50 million people in the USA used chiropractic treatment, and the numbers around the world are growing. A recent trial showed that 60% of migraine sufferers had a reduction in their symptoms during the course of the treatment.
Chiropractic adjustments seem to be most successful in the treatment of back problems, headache and migraine. A study was published that related to tension headache, in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics; it found that chiropractic care for headaches provided numerous benefits and relief.