Headache Treatment in Chicago

Tension headaches are extremely common and are believed to affect approximately 78% of the general population. Pain associated with tension headaches is due to tightness of the muscles of the neck and scalp. This pain often starts at the back of the head and moves forward, often described as “a tight band across your head.” The most common cause of tension headaches is stress but they can also be caused by staying in one position for a long time such as in reading or watching television. The best way to treat tension headaches and prevent their recurrence is to fix the underlying cause (tight musculature in many cases).

A Sample of Citations from Medical Journals on the Effectiveness of Chiropractic for Headaches:

An article published in the “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics” determining evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of adults with headaches found that “Evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.” – Bryans, R., Descarreaux, M., Duranleau, M., Marcoux, H., Potter, B., Ruegg, R., Shaw, L., Watkin, R., & White, E. (2011). Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(5), 274-289.

“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.” — Duke Evidence Report, McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001)

“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” — Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Boline et al. (1995)

Headaches can negatively impact your quality of life to a great degree. Medication alone often fails to relieve the symptoms in the long-term. Dr. Lazarowich will obtain a detailed history and perform a physical examination to determine the underlying cause of the headaches so that both the pain is reduced and the likelihood of recurrence is lowered. Call us today and start feeling better.

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