Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? Some people suffer from occasional headaches, others have frequent headaches with severity ranging from dull and throbbing to debilitating.
Research has shown that chiropractic treatment is an effective option for tension headaches, migraine headaches and headaches that originate from the neck.
A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found chiropractic adjustments an effective treatment for tension headaches and those who ceased chiropractic care after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit.
A Duke University report released in 2001 found that spinal adjustments resulted in almost immediate improvement for headaches originating in the neck, had fewer side effects and longer lasting relief than patients given medication.
In one study of migraine sufferers, 22% of those receiving chiropractic adjustments reported a 90% reduction of attacks, and 49% reported a significant reduction in the intensity of each migraine. Nine research studies that were reviewed found that chiropractic adjustments for migraine or tension headaches worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.
The next time you or someone you care about is suffering from a headache think about chiropractic; the safe and effective treatment for headaches.
10 Tips to Fight Headache Pain
- Keep a headache diary to help you identify your “triggers”. It may not be just one thing by itself that affects you.
- Watch what you eat. Start with “the big three”: red wine, processed meats and other foods that contain MSG.
- Get enough magnesium. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels and reduces the likelihood of migraines.
- Eat regular meals. Eat a healthy diet and don’t skip meals.
- Be careful with caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends.
- Exercise regularly to improve the production of endorphins. Take at least a 20 minute brisk walk daily.
- Manage stress. There are all kinds of techniques to help manage stress, from yoga to biofeedback. Find the one that works for you.
- Apply a cold pack, it has a bit of an “anesthetic effect” and can really help.
- See your chiropractor – regular adjustments can make a big difference! Don’t just take a pill – treat the source of your pain!