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Headaches

Are you tired of headaches ruining your day (at work and at home)? Are you concerned about the side effects of chronic use of medications? Are you looking for lasting relief?

If you have headaches, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some headaches are occasional, some are frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches.  The majority are caused by nerve dysfunction and muscle tension in the neck.
 
Research shows that spinal manipulation (the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic) may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
 
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication. Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches.
 
Chiropractic care has also been shown to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.
 
About 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, and many more go undiagnosed. The latest research concerning migraine headaches shows the pain comes from dysfunction in the nervous system, which causes the blood vessels in the brain to become inflamed and then constrict very rapidly. Migraine sufferers may experience increased warmth, increased sweating, and sensitivity to light. This light sensitivity forces migraine sufferers to retreat into a dark room during a migraine. A migraine sufferer is light-sensitive because the pupil fails to constrict. Chiropractic care works to improve the function of the nervous system.
 
Several research studies support the use of chiropractic care to treat chronic migraines. In a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in February 2000, over half of the 127 subjects had significant pain relief from chronic migraines with some reporting over 90% relief. Subjects receiving chiropractic adjustments reported substantial improvement in migraine frequency, duration, disability, and medication use following two months of treatment.
 
Over-the-counter medications not giving you the relief you need (and often accompanied by dangerous side effects)?  Then it’s time to fight the pain from another angle. To find out more about the potential benefits of chiropractic care, call 920-262-0200 to schedule an appointment.

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