Neck Stiffness and Headaches

A recent study investigated upper cervical spine stiffness among patient with either migraine or tension-type headaches. Regardless of headache type, the participants in the study exhibited a reduced cervical range of motion, suggesting a “likely link between the cervical discomfort and these pathologies.” The findings confirm what chiropractors have noted for years:

Childhood Exposure to Violence Linked to Chronic Physical Conditions

Researchers recently examined the associations of violence exposure with chronic physical conditions among a group of adolescents. The survey, which included 6,483 American teens, found that 24.99% of participants reported exposure to violence, and these children also had an elevated risk for back/neck pain, headaches, chronic pain, allergies, and asthma. This suggests that childhood violence exposure may be associated with chronic physical conditions that can develop early in life. Interventions and policies aimed at preventing violence and detecting and treating early-onset conditions have the potential to reduce morbidity, mortality, and health disparities early in development.

Psychosomatic Medicine, November 2016

Can Diet Impact Migraines?

Eating processed foods high in nitrites or monosodium glutamate (MSG) and drinking too much alcohol are potential migraine headache triggers. After performing a literature review of more than 180 studies, investigators found that eating more natural foods such as fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and fresh meat while avoiding processed foods high in nitrites or MSG and managing caffeine consumption is an effective way to prevent such headaches.

The Journal of Head and Face Pain, October 2016

Migraines Reduced with Chiropractic Care

A past study found that chiropractic manipulation combined with therapeutic massage resulted in a 68% reduction in the intensity of migraine headaches within one hour of treatment. The findings add to previous research indicating the benefits of chiropractic care for the treatment of migraines.
Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, March 2012

Chiropractic: No Headaches!

Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is an effective treatment for tension headaches. In a study, patients who received SMT continued to benefit from care even four weeks after treatment concluded. This is in contrast to patients who received pharmaceutical therapy; they reverted to baseline values when checked a month after treatment ended.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1995