Headaches Helped by Chiropractic Says Research
In the September 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and
Physiological Therapeutics was a report on the effectiveness of
chiropractic care, specifically labeled "SMT"
in the study, for patients with chronic headaches. The data for this
report was gathered from nine trials involving 683 patients with chronic
In this study chiropractic adjustments (termed SMT in the study) were
compared to massage and medications for short term relief of up to six
weeks after a month of care. The question of long term health
benefits was not addressed. Results showed that the chiropractic
group did better than the massage group. The group that received
medication also showed relief however, the rate of side effects for
the medication group was considerably higher than the chiropractic group.
This difference gave a decidedly large advantage to chiropractic over the
According to the report, the financial cost of headaches is great, with
billions of dollars spent annually for lost productivity and treatment.
The study also noted that people affected with headaches have commonly
been treated by medical practitioners. Recently however, they are
increasingly turning to non-medical or alternative therapies for relief.
A recent study from Harvard University by Dr. Eisenberg reported
that one of the most common alternative practitioners sought out for the
treatment of headaches was the chiropractor. This study confirms
what most chiropractors and their patients have already known, that
chiropractic is one of the most effective avenues of health for headache