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Headache:


The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Headaches:

It seems as if Doctors of Chiropractic have become known as back pain specialists. While it is true many patients first seek chiropractic care for back pain, and while it is also true many studies prove the effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation for treating this condition, chiropractic is also capable of alleviating many other disorders. One complaint heard more and more is that of headache.

Headaches, like back pain, affect a large percentage of the population at one time or another. According to Patterson, 88% of the population will have experienced a headache within one year and 38% of adults will have a headache with 2 weeks. This costs businesses more than $50 billion annually in lost labor. A total of 155 million work days are lost due to headaches. With prevalence of headaches this high, better treatments that are both safe and effective are very important.

The cervical spine has a rich tradition of support in medical writings over the past century as being involved in the etiology of headaches. Yet concerning the conservative orthodox paradigm of cephalgia (head pain), the neck receives little attention, as does treatment of headache concentrating at treating restrictions of the cervical spine. Many studies have reported cervical dysfunction, tender points and decreased range of motion of the neck, in headache patients, which require a closer look from the medical community.

Although chiropractors have been regularly taking care of these patients for over 100 years, it is only recently that the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment of headaches has been scientifically questioned. Many people are looking toward forms of alternative health care to find the cause of their pain and to stop taking medications for symptom relief of headaches and other conditions.


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