Are you one of the 45 million Americans (1 in 6) who suffer from chronic headaches? For some, headaches become so common that they begin to seem normal. In 2009 over-the-counter medications like Advil and Tylenol frequently used to treat headaches cost our consumers almost 2.5 billion dollars. If you are tired of treating headaches with medication or you have found these medications to cause side effects that now prevent there use, we can help.

Current scientific studies are very favorable for holistic, non-pharmaceutical management of headaches. Some studies suggest that chiropractic care is curative for many types of headache. Other studies suggest that herbals, massage and specific manual therapy techniques are very beneficial in headache treatment. More headache sufferers are turning to alternative treatments like chiropractic, massage and naturopathic care as these treatments are both safe and effective.

In a 2001 study at Duke University, McCrory, et el, found that chiropractic adjustments often provided immediate improvement in headache severity when compared to placebo.  Furthermore, when chiropractic was used in a course of rehabilitation treatments it provided “sustained improvement in both frequency and intensity of headache”.   This study concluded that chiropractic care was a safe and effective way of providing long term relief of headaches without the use of any pharmaceutical medications.

A study conducted by Nilsson, N., et el, published in J. Manipulative Physiol Ther in June, 1997, found that chiropractic care for headaches reduced the use of pain medication by 36%. The number of headache hours per day was reduced by 69% and headache intensity was reduced by 36% for patients who used chiropractic care to treat their headaches.

In a study conducted by Wright, et el, 87 patients with classic or common migraine were treated with “chiropractic spinal adjustments” to treat spinal dysfunction in the cervical spine (neck).  In a two year follow-up after discharge from chiropractic care, each former migraine patient was sent a headache questionnaire to which 85% responded.  Wright stated that of the 87 patients, 33.33% reported no further headaches, 41.37% reported marked improvement, 20.7% reported no change and 4.6% reported becoming worse.   That’s over 70% of migraine suffers getting long term relief without depending on medications.

The bottom line: Stop taking harmful medications and find relief with safe, holistic care that really works.

Headache and Diet

Many headache sufferers simply need to clean up their diets to reduce the frequency and intensity of they’re head pain.  Processed foods that are filled with chemicals, preservatives and flavor enhancers alter the central nervous system and are responsible for triggering migraine and all forms of headache.  Some of the more prevalent headache stimulators are Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and natural and artificial flavors.  In the grand wisdom of our Food and Drug Administration, labeling laws recently took a serious setback with both the House and the Senate approving a bill on March 22, 2006 that relaxes the way food manufactures reveal what is in their products.  This law makes it easier for food manufacturers to hide ingredients that are known to be bad for you.  Bottom line, if you have difficulty with headaches it is a good idea to avoid all processed foods and stay organic as much as possible.  Graham Rehabilitation and Wellness Center offers complimentary classes to help you understand how to avoid toxic foods.