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Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches - Studies Explain Results

Posted: April 13, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

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Dr. Jeffrey Garofalo, a Bolingbrook chiropractor, understands the serious impact chronic headaches, neck, and back pain can have on people's lives. There is a logical and sensible reason why Chiropractic medicine begins to work during the very first session. Patients see progress in eliminating the pain caused by headaches, and find that their headaches do not return, once treated for the root cause of the pain. 

Getting Help for Headache Pain - Where do Headaches Come From?

Various types of Headaches have different root causes. Some are understood better than others are. Nine out of ten people in the United States suffer from headache pain. Many people who do not want to deal with the side effects of medications that dull the pain, are looking for alternative treatment. Best solutions focus on treating the root cause of the pain. Where there is pain there is something not right. Pain is a warning that there is disorder in the body, simply taking a blocker for the pain is not usually the right solution.

According to medical studies using the scientific method to gather clinical data for research and analysis, The University of Maryland Medical Center used study groups of people who suffer from headaches, including migraines of different types. They reported their findings with relation to different treatments and their effectiveness in treating headaches, including the use of Chiropractic healing methods. Several clinical trials of groups using medication, diet control to avoid migraine triggers, massage therapies and Chiropractic adjustments were analyzed, and data that was collected comprehensively evaluated.

Which Treatment Works Best?

Based on studies of treatments alternative to medications, homeopathic treatment is shown to significantly reduce only one in four patient's headache pain, depending on the frequency, severity, and duration of the type of headache or migraine. Massage and physical therapy using pressure on specific reflex point can allow patients to take less medication which is a help in reducing "down time", or time off work due to migraine pain and nausea. Reflexology also helps patients recognize their body signals, they are alerted of an oncoming headache before the pain begins. Patients are able to use another method of treatment to stop the pain cycle like medication, diet control to prevent triggers, and Chiropractic manipulation to reduce stress, tension, and poor physical alignment. Of all the group studies examined in these nine studies, patients in the Chiropractic groups reported 90 percent reduction of migraine attacks. 

In one study, three groups of patients were given different modes of treatment, one group was given a drug for headaches called Elavil, the second group was given Chiropractic therapy treatments, and the third was given both medication and Chiropractic treatments. The second group had the best results; they had no side effects from the medication that group one and three experienced. Group three showed no advantage in benefits from being given both treatments. The conclusion was that solving the root problem that causes the pain using Chiropractic examination and therapy, removes the cause of the pain more effectively than just blocking the pain.

Study groups that got the Chiropractic therapy part of each study always reported less episodes of headaches with continued Chiropractic treatments. Depending on the source of the pain, professional Chiropractic specialists can relieve the areas of stress, tension or maladjustment so that swelling, "pinching of nerves,” and inflammation can be released and the body can effectively heal itself. Once the root of the pain is resolved, the body's natural warning mechanism no longer sends out the message of pain.

Whether your headaches began after a vehicle accident, or started getting worse over time, Bolingbrook Headache Relief can discern where the pain is coming from, and what your body is trying to tell you. You may need to have regular Chiropractic manipulations, paired with exercise, super foods, and relaxation techniques. The point is you do not have to go through life treating pain with medication, when alternative treatment methods can find and resolve the cause of your headaches.

New Life Chiropractic and Dr Garofalo, are located in Bolingbrook, Il while servicing the areas of Naperville, Plainfield and Romeoville. 

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