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Discover how Chiropractic Treatment may effectively relieve Headaches and Migraines

Learn more about chiropractic’s effective treatment of headaches, and find out if chiropractic care might be right for you

When most individuals think of chiropractic treatment, they think of back pain relief. What may not stand out to those suffering from constant headaches is that chiropractic can effectively treat their pain. To understand how chiropractic can relieve one’s head pain, one must first understand why headaches occur.

 

Why Headaches occur and how to Treat Them

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More often than not, headaches or due to an irregularity in the spine. More importantly, migraines occur when the vertebrae in the spine are not aligned. This is also known as a subluxation, which in turn, can cause a compression or irritation of nerves that travel from the spine to the brain. The result is from a subluxation is a chemical imbalance within the brain, ultimately leading to an individual suffering from a migraine.

 

How do chiropractors treat such pain with chiropractic care? They begin by careful, minor adjustments to the spine. Ultimately, their goal is to realize the spine to it’s normal position. By accomplishing this goal, chiropractic relieves pressure on the inflamed nerves cause by subluxation. This in turn allows the nerves to heal.

 

Migraines are not the only form of headaches caused by a misalignment of the spine. Cervicogenic headaches may also be caused by a disorder in the neck. A disorder in the neck may be caused by an injury to the neck. In addition, muscle tension and spasms in the neck are known to cause tension headaches. With chiropractic care, chiropractors are able to gently and effectively realign the neck area of the spine.

 

The Results

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Conclusively, chiropractic care can effectively address the root cause of pain associated with headaches. Rather than addressing the symptoms, chiropractic works to correct what may be causing migraines, or other forms of headaches, in the first place. It should be noted that chiropractic may not treat every headache. However, a study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain demonstrated chiropractic’s safe and effective treatment. It was noted that of the 218 participants suffering from migraines, 36% saw a reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration.

 

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Discover why Movement shouldn’t be feared following an Auto Accident

Learn more about why a lack of movement after a car crash could negatively effect your overall recovery time and your body’s range of motion

Following an auto accident, a patients’ worst fear usually involves hindering their recovery time through movement. As a patient moves, they feel their muscles contract, followed by a wave of pain and a soreness that ultimately discourages them from pushing the limits of their range of motion. One concern that rushes through your mind may be, “I am doing more harm than good by pushing my range of motion to its limits.” On the contrary, failure to consistently push your body’s range of motion to it’s limits following an auto accident may hinder your recovery even further.

In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, researchers measured 42 patients’ level of fear by utilizing two different scales. Each patients’ injuries differ in severity, but they have all suffered from pain for under a month, and all were harmed in a car crash. Researchers analyzed the patients’ range of motion in their necks. Additionally, they noted the severity of each individual’s neck injury. Each patient was evaluated after one, three, and six months after their auto accident.

 

Effects Immobility has on the Body

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“…movement after an auto accident does more than just reduce anxiety…”

The study concludes that patients who were more reluctant to move their neck had decreased neck immobility. This was in addition to a reduced range of motion. In addition, fear only served as to prolong these patients’ symptoms. Conversely, patients with less fear of movement recovered before their 6 month follow up.

This study concludes that movement after an auto accident does more than just reduce anxiety. It ensures that muscle tissue does not recover to be more damaged, tense, or restricted. Chiropractic can play an essential role in recovery, because chiropractic works to reestablish everyday movement and function in your neck and back. In the event that you’ve been in an auto accident, do not hesitate to seek treatment. It is imperative to get your neck and spine moving again as soon as possible. Chiropractic can accelerate your recovery.

 

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New Study reveals satisfaction rate of Chiropractic Care

Learn more about one study that determined the overall satisfaction rate among patients who turned to chiropractic care to relieve their back pain

A recent study from the United Kingdom observed factors that impact patient satisfaction after chiropractic care. The study observed 965 new patients hoping for chiropractic treatment to help with a reduction in back pain. These participants received a survey at the start of their treatment, and again a month and a half later.

 

Creation of the Study

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This Study evaluated 65 new patients hoping chiropractic treatment could help with a reduction in back pain.

Individuals from the Great Britain Chiropractic Association were sent study materials and follow-up questions, and were requested to select 10 qualifying patients from their practice to be studied. Qualifying patients were literate, new to chiropractic care, looking for spinal manipulation to help reduce back pain, and had not experienced surgery or suffered from underlying symptoms. The average age for participants was 45-47 years of age, with each gender equally represented. Most everyone was employed.

Amid the study, the Bournemouth Questionnaire was given to subjects during their first visit to their chiropractor. The Bournemouth asked each subject to self-report utilizing a 11-point scale on the accompanying variables:

  1. Level of pain
  2. Level of anxiety
  3. Impact on typical activities
  4. Impact of work on complaint
  5. Level of depression
  6. Capacity to control (lessen) pain
  7. Impact on way of life (social life)

These accompanying factors were included for evaluation after a month and a half, utilizing a 7-point scale. It should be noted that – 3 was the greatest deterioration and +3 was the incredible improvement:

  1. Fulfillment with mind
  2. General change or weakening over the care time frame

A similarity between the initial 7 factors noted above, and satisfaction with treatment was present, yet weak after a follow up at the month and a half mark. A decrease in pain, lessened impact of work on pain, and the enhanced ability to control pain were the elements most identified with fulfillment and outcomes at the month and a half mark. These 3, plus activity, were very critical indicators of patient satisfaction with care.

 

The Author’s Conclusions

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“General improvement was most related (60%) to patient fulfillment with chiropractic care”

An impression of overall improvement was identified with enhanced treatment satisfaction scores (60%). General improvement was most related (60%) to patient fulfillment with chiropractic care. With enhanced physical function (lessened pain, enhanced ability to work, and the capacity to control pain) the next highest connection (27%). The study’s authors take note that the ability of a chiropractor to shift back pain into a more positive experience may assume a part in higher fulfillment ratings, and this segment of treatment deserves additional study. Expanded activity/diminished pain related more to fulfillment ratings for treatment than emotional improvements, for example, a decrease in depression or anxiety. Other unknown factors, which were not able be estimated with tools specific to this study, seemed to add to both patient improvement and satisfaction scores.

The authors of this study note that physical variables were affected more than emotional variables in regards to treatment satisfaction. However, it is imperative not to overlook the emotional factors in treatment. This is because studies have demonstrated that palliative adapting (rest and nurturing) have been connected positive pain perception in clients when life’s stresses were abnormal.

 

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