Chiropractic Care and Chronic Headaches

Headaches come in various, shapes, sizes, intensities and durations. Headache relief generally comes in the form of rest, relaxation, or drugs. Although research has shown that chiropractic spinal manipulation treatments may reduce the severity and recurrence of headaches.


Resolution of Headaches in a 13 Year-Old Following Restoration of Cervical Curvature Utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics: A Case Report
Curtis Fedorchuk, D.C. Bio Greg Wheeler, B.B.A., D.C. Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2009 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 1-7

The patient presenting with a loss of cervical curve and associated cervicogenic headaches received chiropractic care under the standard protocol of Chiropractic Biophysics technique. Post radiographs demonstrated a restoration of the cervical curve while a complete resolution of the headaches was achieved.

Spinal manipulation vs. amitriptyline for the treatment of chronic tension-type headaches: a randomized clinical trial.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995 Mar-Apr;18(3):148-54.
Boline PD1, Kassak K, Bronfort G, Nelson C, Anderson AV.

The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. Amitriptyline therapy was slightly more effective in reducing pain at the end of the treatment period but was associated with more side effects. Four weeks after the cessation of treatment, however, 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. The sustained therapeutic benefit associated with spinal manipulation seemed to result in a decreased need for over-the-counter medication.

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