Chiropractic Relieves Cervicogenic Headaches
Dr. Douglas Vlaskamp, DC, Clinic Director, Chiropractor
Although chiropractic adjustments have long been understood to help people
with cervicogenic headaches (head pain from a dysfunction of the cervical
spine), there hasn’t been any proof that one number of treatments was better
than another number. Two well-known chiropractic researchers decided to put
this question under the microscope.
256 subjects with chronic cervicogenic headaches were brought in for the study.
They were divided into groups that got either light massage (zero adjustments),
6, 12 or 18 adjustments over 6 weeks. Subjects were followed up 12 and 24
weeks after the treatment period.
Improvements ranged upward from 30% fewer days with headaches for the no
adjustment group. The group with 6 treatments over the six weeks had similar
results to the no adjustment group. The 12 and 18 treatment groups had significantly
better results, with the 18 treatment group having the largest number of
people with greater than 50% fewer headache days per month (about 8 fewer
headache days per month). The researchers noticed that for every additional 6
treatments in the experimental period, there was a bump in the level of improvement.
The improvements lasted beyond the treatment period, up to 24 weeks.
Headaches severely impact people’s ability to be productive and enjoy life. While
medication is helpful in the short term, headaches that come from the cervical
spine cannot be fixed by chemical methods. Chiropractic is both effective for
headache relief as well as extremely safe.
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