Chiropractic Treatment Headaches – Chiropractor San Diego

How Does Chiropractic Treatment Headaches Work?

Chiropractic Treatment HeadachesChiropractic treatment headaches is an excellent, natural, and safe option. If you suffer from frequent headaches, chiropractic treatment headaches can help. The exact cause of these severe headaches is uncertain, genetics and environmental triggers are both thought to play key roles in the onset of migraines.

Chiropractic treatment headaches are so effective because instead of masking headache pain with drugs, they focus on finding and treating their exact cause. A major goal of managing severe headaches is to try and get you to a point where you cope better and start to feel less constrained by pain. 

The best way to prevent severe headaches is through lifestyle changes. A headache is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. The pain of a headache is often described as throbbing or pounding and it may be made worse with physical exertion.

Here’s a video on how a chiropractic headache treated.

Headache Chiropractor

People around the world continue to turn to headache chiropractor treatment. It was estimated in 1995 by the National Institutes of Health that already about 48 million people in the USA used chiropractic treatment, and the numbers around the world are growing. A recent trial by Dr Peter Tuchin, done for a PHD thesis at Macquarie University, showed that 60% of migraine sufferers had a reduction in their symptoms during the course of the treatment.

Dr JS Wight in the ACA Journal of Chiropractic (1978) reviewed headache chiropractor and other chiropractic treatments since 1923, and found a success rate between 72% and 90%. The benefits at times seemed to last for years after the treatments.

Chiropractic adjustments seem to be most successful in the treatment of back problems, headache and migraine. HT Vernon published a study in 1995 that related to tension headache, in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. It found that headache chiropractor care did provide some benefits.

What is headache chiropractor treatment?

Dr Greg C Molis writes:  Chiropractic care deals with subluxations (misalignments of vertebrae causing nerve irritation) anywhere along the spinal column, not just in the lower back. Sometimes the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned or lose their range of motion for one reason or another. This misalignment puts pressure on nerves leading to and from the brain. A chiropractor helps put them back in place by using gentle and highly skilled adjustments.

Dr Molis was a guest columnist in HeadWay.

How and when should I try headache chiropractor treatment?

Chiropractic treatment is not something that is generally used on its own. One of the dangers of chiropractic is simply that someone will rely on the treatment alone and miss out on other issues that need to be treated. It’s best to talk to your doctor and let her know that you’re using an alternate therapy, and for what.

That being said, going to a headache chiropractor seems to be a safe and effective way to treat headache or migraine without drugs. The idea behind chiropractic is not that the condition itself is treated, but that the body is able to heal itself. Some people have dramatic results, and become completely headache free. Some migraine sufferers find complete relief. Others find relief simply from some symptoms or after effects of the migraine attack. The best thing to do is find a chiropractor that you’re comfortable with, and track the results of the treatment over time.

For a great overview of how chiropractic care can fit into an overall strategy for banishing headache, read this May 2005 interview with Dr Michael Kricken on migraine and headache chiropractor treatment.


There are three things to remember when considering headache chiropractor treatment.  First, always talk to your doctor and let her know what you’re doing.  You especially need to see your doctor if you’re having new symptoms.

Second, choose your chiropractor carefully.  Make sure you’re comfortable, and that the person really is a trained doctor of chiropractic, not a well intentioned neighbour.

Third, remember that headache chiropractor treatment is not a treatment of conditions.  It helps the body heal itself.  That means that chiropractic care often goes along with other treatments and general healthy living.

The solution to preventing further headaches

A common class of headaches is tension headaches–a class that is caused by pain from the muscles in the head and neck. The most common cause of headaches is prolonged tension or stress. The headaches can’t be treated with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, as these are too slow to take effect.

Have you been recently suffering from headaches, and if so how often? Feel free to call us for an appointment and will advise on how you can handle the pain. Call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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