Does chiropractic treatment help your headache?
A week ago, in the medical journal Headache, a research article concerning chiropractic was published. The results that were published seems at odds with what I have seen clinically. In the research, scientists examined 9 studies wherein chiropractic manipulation was tested to reduce headache. In 6 of the 9 studies, manipulation (chiropractic treatment) was as effective or more effective than drugs, physiotherapy, or massage. In 3 of the studies, manipulation (chiropractic treatment) was found to be as effective as the other treatments.
In the end, the guy who wrote the article felt that manipulation was not an effective treatment. What kind of math is that? In 6 of 9 studies, it was better than the competition and in the other 3 it was equal to the competition. Yet, the author of the study takes an ultra-conservative position. I guess he would need 10 out of 9 studies to show absolute supremacy over other treatment options. (Forgive the hyperbole).
In my 19+ yrs of practice, I have treated more headaches than I could remember. I have seen with my own eyes, the change of countenance on a headache sufferer after a neck adjustment. Chiropractic is incredibly effective in treating headaches.
Let’s do our own informal poll here in the comment section, or on Facebook. Write a comment below on how chiropractic manipulation helped or failed to help your headache.