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Duke University Headache's & Chiropractic

Duke University endorses Chiropractic Care for Headachesheadache

Chiropractic Deemed An Effective Treatment for Cervicogenic Headaches
In a large study conducted in 2001 by Duke University's Evidence-Based Practice Center for Clinical Health Policy Research

a goal was set to identify and summarize from controlled trials, the efficacy of behavioral and physical treatments for tension-type and cervicogenic headaches.

Different studies from everything from traditional medical intervention, to acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, relaxation techniques and biofeedback were looked at.

Amongst many of the conclusions, the study summarized that: "If effective and available, non-drug treatments may be the first choice for most patients and may also be well suited for the significant minority of patients who: (a) have poor tolerance of pharmacological treatments; (b) have medical contraindications for pharmacological treatments; (c) experience insufficient relief from, or are unresponsive to, pharmacological treatment; (d) wish to become pregnant (or are nursing); (e) have a history of long-term, frequent, or excessive use of analgesic or abortive medications that can aggravate headache problems; or (f) simply prefer to avoid medication use".

Conclusions With Regard to Chiropractic:

  • Cervical manipulation was associated with significant improvements in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.
  • Adverse effects are uncommon with manipulation, and this may be one of its appeals over drug treatment.
  • Manipulation is effective in patients with cervicogenic headaches...


McCrory DC, Penzien DB, Hasselblad V, Gray RN. Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension-type and Cervicogenic Headache. Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center for Clinical Health Policy Research. - 2001


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