People around the world continue to turn to headache chiropractor treatment. It was estimated in 1995 by the National Institutes of Health that already about 48 million people in the USA used chiropractic treatment, and the numbers around the world are growing. Recent studies showed that 60% of migraine suffers had a reduction in their symptoms during the course of the chiropractic treatments
ACA Journal of Chiropractic (1978) reviewed headache chiropractor and other chiropractic treatments since 1923, and found a success rate between 72% and 90%. The benefits at times seemed to last for years after the treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments seem to be most successful in the treatment of back problems, headache and migraine. Tension headaches was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. It found that headache chiropractor care did provide benefits.
How does chiropractic treatment work with headaches?
Chiropractic care deals with subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae causing nerve irritation) anywhere along the spinal column, not just in the lower back. Sometimes the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned or lose their range of motion for one reason or another. This misalignment puts pressure on nerves leading to and from the brain. A chiropractor helps put them back in place by using gentle and highly skilled adjustments.
Do You Have Chronic Headaches? See How Chiropractic Care Can Help!
People often visit a chiropractor to seek relief from their headaches, usually only after exhausting the route of pharmaceuticals drugs and becoming concerned with the negative side effects of their long-term use. Often the cause of headaches is spinal ‘misalignments’ with muscle spasms in the neck. Chiropractic care remedies headaches by removing the tension, which causes interference of the nerve roots which is the principal reason for the pain. After chiropractic care the headaches are much improved, allowing the patient to discontinue the use of the medicines.
There has been much research about chiropractic cervical (neck) adjustments and the reduction of many types of headaches. The increasing body of evidence strongly supports that headaches can be safely diminished without the dangerous side effects of NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) and other pain relieving medications that are too often prescribed and or recommended by doctor’s care.
The most common two types of headaches are Tension and Migraine. Tension headaches (cervicogenic headaches) are the most common resulting from contraction of head and neck muscles. They can occur in isolated incidents but all too often become chronic. Some possible causes of muscle contraction associated with tension headaches include stress and fatigue. Although migraine headaches are not as common as tension headaches, they can be debilitating to those who suffer from them. This type of headache occurs when blood vessels of the head and neck constrict, resulting in a decrease in blood flow to the vessels and the consequential throbbing pain, most often on one side of the head with an associated feeling of sickness and sensitivity to light and sound. The cause of migraines is more a mystery than tension headaches but, nonetheless, modern thinking considers it a result of prolonged muscle tension and stress, triggered by allergic reactions, and / or hormones.
Dr. Taylor’s principal tools as a chiropractor is to establish the vertebral level that requires the cervical adjustment which performs by manual palpation. Doctor Taylor evaluates the neck to determine the ROM (range of motion), pain, muscle tenderness and inflammation, and often the reproduction of the headache itself. The question posed by many patients is the reliability of the palpation.