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Chronic Headaches

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This article is for perhaps those people who suffer from headaches or know of someone that
suffers from headaches and is not aware of this information.

If you suffer from headaches, then you are not alone. I was at a conference recently and it was
revealed, that a study in 2011 concluded that between 66% and 90% of all people would suffer
debilitating head pain at some point in their life. Fortunately the conference also reported some
good news. Chiropractic spinal adjustments were found to give many headache sufferers long-term
relief. Naturally I have known this for a long time, and so have many of my patients, particularly
those that used to get headaches. I thought it would be a good idea to inform you of some great
research done in recent years within the profession on headache.

According to this study based at the Chiropractic Research Unit at RMIT University Melbourne, chiropractic adjustments of the neck decreased the duration of the headache
in a treatment group of chronic sufferers by 77%. The severity of their headache also dropped by a
pleasing 60%. No side effects were reported and in many cases chiropractic care gave long term relief.
The study is at the cutting edge of world headache research because it used the accepted “gold
standard” for clinical research design- a double blind random controlled trial. Scientifically, the
results have a high level of credibility. There are many studies, which suggest that headaches often
start in the neck, and that chiropractic adjustments are a safe, effective way of controlling these
neck-type headaches.

Many headache sufferers appreciate the gentle, drug-free chiropractic approach because they are
concerned about the risks associated with long term medication. Too many analgesics (pain killers)
can cause serious harmful effects. For example, liver and kidney disease has been related to the
long-term consumption of analgesics, and the largest single cause for turning an occasional or
episodic headache into a chronic or constant headache is infact taking too many analgesics.

Mechanism
The nerves that supply the head can be tracked back to the upper aspect of your neck. If the bones
of the spine in this area lose their normal position or motion, the sensitive nerves and blood vessels
to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated they can produce throbbing headaches. Medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause. Simply, there exists a very large case for some chiropractic adjustive procedures. Spinal dysfunction not only results from major traumas such as car and sporting
accidents, but more frequently from repetitive micro trauma activities related to our daily living
such as poor posture.

If you are suffering from headaches give us a call on (03) 9882 0401 to book an appointment