Even chiropractic's greatest opponents can agree that our care is effective in treating headaches (for more information on chiropractic's opponents see http://www.chirobase.org). Cervicogenic headache (headaches caused by neck misalignment) is a treatable condition. People in our society that suffer from chronic headaches caused by cervical misalignment could be treated successfully with chiropractic treatment. Throughout this list of symptoms I have made it a point to say things like, "chiropractic may be helpful" or "this condition may not respond to chiropractic care", but in the case of headaches I say, "WE CAN HELP!" Over 90% of headaches are cervicogenic (*). This statistic means that 9 out of 10 headache sufferers would benefit from chiropractic treatment.
As with many of the symptoms on our list, the actual cause of a headache is as unknown as how an aspirin helps in treating it. We can agree that a headache is probably not caused from a lack of aspirin. Our chiropractic theory as to how cervical treatment is effective in treating headaches is that it is these misalignments which effect muscles (tension headaches) or vessels (vascular headaches such as migraines) that are causing the headache. By treating the source of the problem and responding to the body's pain signals, chiropractic not only helps relieve the headache but is most effective in preventing a future headache.
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(*) My own personal opinion based on my own clinical data (read – not very scientific), but will be discovered to be completely true as headache science progresses.
Written by Dr. David Sandefur