Treat Headaches with Chiropractic Care

February 25th, 2015 by Dr. Curtis Hall

Treat Headaches with Chiropractic care
Spinal manipulation can improve spinal function and help decrease stress subsequently alleviating your headaches.
Spinal manipulation may help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

It’s been established by researchers that about 96% of all headaches have their origin in the upper portion of the cervical spine, just beneath the occiput or base of the head. They have found that stress can make these muscles contract and pulls on connective tissue that attaches to the highly sensitive dura mater, a thin membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord.

Irritated nerves in the dura mater are the cause of the majority of headaches. Muscle spasms of the cervical spine can also affect the nerves directly that innervate this tissue. Stress makes the tissue contract which “clamps down” on the nerve and a headache results. We treat this condition with great frequency at Hall Chiropractic; we treat this condition with diversified technique, cold laser, and interferential and get excellent results.

Over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin, Ibuprofen and Tylenol do not stop what is causing the pain; they just make it easier to ignore. Remember the research has shown that the over use of Tylenol causes 38% of liver failure in the United States.

Research shows that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate from the neck. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication. Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.

“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