Friday, July 29, 2016

Chiropractic Reduces Migraine Suffering

     While migraine headaches can manifest different types of symptoms and vary greatly in severity, the impact of any migraine headache on lost time at work or quality of life is usually significant.  My experience has led me to the conclusion that often patients that suffer migraine headaches find great help in coupling chiropractic and medication.

     The prestigious Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics published a study utilizing chiropractic manipulative treatment (adjustments) for migraine headaches.  The study divided participants, migraine headache sufferers that used prescription medication, into two groups.  One group (the control) continued to use their medication and the second group, that also continued to use medication, also received chiropractic treatment over the course of the 2-month study.

     The first part of the study compared the control group to the chiropractic treatment group over 8 weeks of treatment.  The chiropractic treatment group had a reduction in the number of migraine headaches per month from 7.1 to 4.1 while the control group's migraine headaches decreased from 7.3 to 6.9.

     The second part of the study examined the average amount of migraine headache medication taken per month between the control group and the chiropractic treatment group.  The results were astounding.  The control group's medication use dropped from 20.1 to 16.2 dosages and the chiropractic treatment group's medication use went from 21.3 to 9.8 dosages.

     In summary, this study revealed that chiropractic treatment not only decreased migraine headache frequency, but also accomplished the results with less medication within the same group.

     Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.  For more information you can visit our website at  If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.

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