Absolutely it can! An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from these debilitating headaches, with women three times more likely to have them than men. This type of headache is marked by intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head, commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to sounds or light. Migraines can cause significant pain for hours or days and be so severe that all someone can think of is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down. Frequently they are preceded by an “aura” which is some type of smell, visual sensation or sound that indicates the onset of the headache is about to happen.
In comparison to topiramate (brand name Topamax), an approved drug for migraines, a recent study of 91 adults migraine sufferers found exercise (40 minutes daily, three times a week) as well as relaxation sessions to work just as well.
Another study showed found chiropractic to be as effective as amitriptyline (Elavil) for migraine headaches.
A third study showed spinal manipulation to significantly reduce the frequency, severity, duration and need for medication on the part of migraine sufferers.
If you or a loved one suffer from migraines, consider chiropractic care as a drug-free, safe option.
Yours for better health,
Jon Mills, DC
The simple answer is yes. A recent study from Canada, A Guideline from the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative, exhaustively researched the question of when should chiropractic be used to help low back pain. The aim was to “develop a guideline to provide the best practice recommendations on the …assessment and monitoring of people with low back pain.” This research is especially important to our neighbor to the north, as chiropractic care as well as other medical treatment is funded by the government.
The study divided patients into groups having acute back pain (0-3 months), chronic back pain (over 3 months) and chronic back-related leg pain (sciatica). Thirteen researchers reviewed studies conducted world-wide. Such studies have consistently recommended non-drug treatments as the first stop for patients with acute and chronic low back pain, including chiropractic care.
Yours for Better Health,
Jon Mills, DC