|Headaches: Study Shows Chiropractic
Evidence reports recently released by the Foundation
for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER) show the effectiveness of
chiropractic care for
sufferers of Tension Headaches. The story released February of 2001,
was the continuation of a release of a study done at Duke University
several years earlier. In the study many different types of physical
and behavioral treatments were used for patients with headaches.
Chiropractic care was specifically compared to amitriptyline, a common
medication used for headaches.
In this study the staff at the Duke Center screened
articles from the literature, created evidence tables, and analyzed the
quality and magnitude of results from these studies. They then drafted an
evidence report with peer review from a panel of 25 reviewers, including
researchers and clinicians in chiropractic.
The results showed that chiropractic was highly
effective for patients with tension headaches. When compared with the drug
amitriptyline, chiropractic and the drug had similar short term effects
during the episode. However, the drug carried with it an adverse
reaction rate in 82% of the patients.
The most profound effects were seen after the care
was discontinued in the study. In these instances the patients who
were on drug therapy essentially returned to the same state as before.
However, the patients who were under chiropractic care continued to show
sustained reduction in headache frequency and severity even after the
chiropractic care was discontinued. The implications are that
chiropractic is not actually a therapy or treatment, but rather gets to
the cause allowing the body to effect a correction that lasts beyond