2 Your Health: Headaches Can Be a ‘Pain in the Neck’

Dr. Craig W. Brue, D.C.

If you have frequent headaches, you’re not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

Research shows that spinal adjustments—the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic—may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A report released in 2001 by researchers at Duke University found that spinal adjustments resulted in almost immediate improvement with those headaches that originate in the neck. The study also showed that patients receiving chiropractic treatment had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headaches than a commonly prescribed medication.

Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulation and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. The study found that even those patients who stopped chiropractic treatment after four weeks continued to experience a therapeutic benefit in contrast with those taking a common pill.

The cause of headaches is not a lack of aspirin, Tylenol, or Aleve or Advil in your body. The real cause of headaches is often related to a misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae that are located just below your skull. If you are currently experiencing headaches, I would suggest that you visit our office to see if gentle chiropractic treatment might help you resolve those headaches.