What do you do if you have a headache? Pop a pill, turn off the lights and try to go to sleep, battle through it or just hope it goes away? Chiropractic may be the answer you have been looking for. Headaches can be disabling. Every day patients come into my office complaining of headaches. Some are actually migraine headaches, some are tension headaches, some are sinus headaches.
There are many different treatments for headaches: Pain killers, muscle relaxers, ice, heat, stretching. The majority of people have tried the medication rout but their headaches still keep coming back.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches2.
“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report
“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.”
Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Over the 16 years of being a chiropractor I have treated many different types of headaches with chiropractic care. During this time I have noticed that chiropractic care has been the best treatment for the majority of headaches that present in my office. Here are a few of the types of headaches that I treat on a regular basis.
Each one of the above headaches will present itself a little differently. During your examination we will diagnose the type of headache you are experiencing and put together a plan to help you alleviate the symptoms.