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New Evidence Supporting the Effectiveness of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headache

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New Evidence Supporting the Effectiveness of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headache

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Thanks to ChiroACCESS for access to this information!

The chiropractic Center for Outcomes Studies at Western States Chiropractic College has completed a new study that provides additional support for the use of spinal manipulation in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches. This study adds to a growing body of independent research that supports the efficacy of chiropractic care. The new study compared two doses of therapy as described in the abstract below.

Dr. Mitch Haas and his team at Western States Chiropractic College investigated the differences in dose (8 versus 16 treatments) and between high velocity low amplitude spinal manipulation versus light massage in the treatment of cervicogenic headache.

Read the rest of this fascinating review at ChiroACCESS

You may also enjoy this PowerPoint Presentation by the authors of this study. It provides more details of the trial.

There’s much more information like this at our
Headache and Chiropractic Page.


1.   Choosing a treatment for cervicogenic headache: when? what? how much?
Haldeman S, Dagenais S.
Spine J. 2010 (Feb); 10 (2): 169-171. Epub 2009 Dec 11

You will also find an extensive discussion of the evidence related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headache at:

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  1. Kyle Ervin, D.C. March 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Excellent information and excellent website! Thank you.

  2. Provo Chiropractor March 8, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    It’s always good to see studies that show positive effects of using chiropractic care with treating headaches. Good find.

  3. Chiropractor Buford March 9, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Chiropractic care is generally safe when it is applied skillfully and appropriately. I like this natural method because it has no side effects like other traditional treatment methods.

  4. For headaches, I find that soft tissue treatment of the occipital muscles is an excellent adjunct to CMT and increases how quickly results are seen and how long they last.

    RESPONSE from Frank

    Exactly! Contracted suboccipital muscles can cause pain anywhere, from occiput to behind the eyeballs. NIMMO, post-isometric relaxation, acupuncture, and adjusting the occiput all are very effective when required.

  5. Clinical practice shows patients with these headaches have excellent results but as for the study: How many participants, what were numbers on the disability scales? what percentage change in what % of the participants? Why weren’t the details included?

    RESPONSE from Frank

    I don’t have a subscription to Spine Journal, so all I could include is the abstract. Did you review the author’s PowerPoint Presentation?

  6. chiropractor brunswick ohio March 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Yeah, Chiropractic treatment is the most powerful natural curing method.

  7. Cranston Chiropractor March 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Great information to share with patients.

  8. chiropractor chicago March 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    People seek chiropractic care primarily for pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headache.

  9. Dr. Kevin Venerus March 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This is great news. We need more chiropractic articles published in Spine.

  10. Just had a few classic headache cases cured by chiropractic, I am glad there is getting to be more and more literature promoting chiropractic with headaches. Thank you for this, my patients will appreciate this article.

  11. Chiropractic Singapore April 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

    This is the kind of information we need to get out to our patients. Thanks for posting it here. Unfortunately, I couldn’t access the power point presentation.

    If you are interested, I posted the actual paper in this new neck pain forum under the “Conservative or Alternative Treatment” section.

  12. chiro19454 April 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Chiropractic used in conjunction with cranialsacral and trapezius trigger point therapy is very effective in the prevention and treatment of cervicogenic headaches.

  13. We need more chiropractic articles like this published in JAMA and Spine, very useful patient information.

  14. Dr (Chiro) Leah Remeika Dugan November 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Great article, which shows that headache, which is vascular and neurogenic responds well to chiropractic care, which makes it follow that when we remove interference, the body has it’s best chance to express optimal health and function.

  15. Dr (Chiro) Leah Remeika Dugan November 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    There was another article in October 2009, by Sue A. Weber Hellstenius, from AECC that is of interest as well, about headaches, chiropractic exam, in children.

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