Neck pain, headaches & migraines
Chiropractors have helped millions of people around the world, for the past 100 years deal with head and neck pain symptoms. CHIROPRACTIC is EFFECTIVE in PROVIDING SAFE, NATURAL RELIEF of HEADACHES and NECK pain, not just back pain.
A large number of headaches and migraines can be caused by problems that are easily solved by gentle Chiropractic adjustments in the neck. Pain can also refer to the jaw and facial region. Altered biomechanics of the tempomandiblular joint may be involved.
Your cervical spine (neck) is consists of a number of vertebral joints through which vital nerves pass through. Sometimes these joints may become misaligned, causing tension between the joints, discs, muscles and even nerves. Headaches, migraines and neck pain may also be caused by irritation of the jaw and delicate muscles of the neck and shoulders.
A through clinical history and a complete biomechanical, orthopaedic and neurological examination will determine a diagnosis for your headache or neck pain.
A specific chiropractic care plan will then be tailored to suit you and your health goals. Correcting spinal misalignments and the underlying structural problems not only provides you with headache relief, but it also minimizes the chances of it re-occurring in the future. Lifestyle advice on nutrition, stretching, exercise and postural may also be given to prevent headaches re-appearing. Chiropractic is all about offering you safe and effective long term solutions.
Chiropractic provides an evidenced based health care solution to headaches and neck pain. The following research supports Chiropractic as an effective form of treatment.
In a study conducted at Macquarie University, specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine "significantly reduced migraines in 71% of the people surveyed. The frequency, duration, severity and amount of medication all decreased markedly."1
“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”2
“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.”3
For Neck Pain
National Institutes of Health(US) funded a study, conducted to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain. There were 272 participants- divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a Chiropractic , pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who underwent Chiropractic treatment and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.4
Should your symptoms be non-musculoskeletal in nature immediate referral to your G.P is given.
If you suffer from headaches or neck pain, why not discover for yourself how chiropractic can help you.
1. Tuchin, P. et al. (2000). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 23(2), 91-95.
2. McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report
3. Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
4. Bronfort et al. (2012), Annals of Internal Medicine