Headaches are one of the most common conditions that chiropractors see, with the vast majority being Tension-type, and these are most often successfully treated with massage, dry needling, spinal manipulation, stretching and posture correction.
But a variety of research studies through the years have also shown chiropractic care to be an effective treatment and management tool for migraines. Migraines affect around 15% of the population and are predominantly treated with medication, but a number of studies have found that massage and spinal manipulation may be equally as effective.
Considering how many people feel while using strong migraine medication, and the side effects associated with drugs like amitriptyline, chiropractic care should be a consideration for safe management of patients with regular migraines.
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