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New Research on Chiropractic & Chronic Migraines

Chiropractic Shown to Help Woman Suffering from Migraines & Headaches 

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping patients with chronic migraines and headaches. The research reports on a 59-year-old woman with chronic migraines and headaches that awoke her from sleep for over 15 years. 

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“Research is revealing that structural shifts in spinal alignment and the nerve obstruction they cause may be a factor in a number of disorders and can result in a host of health problems including migraines” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.  Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results in regards to migraines and chiropractic. 

McCoy added “Migraine headaches signify a blood flow issue in the brain.  If you damage or compress or otherwise interfere with the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body including blood flow.  Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting the structural abnormalities associated with these spinal problems reduces the nerve obstructions and people experience improvement. In this study it was resolution of chronic migraines.” 

The patient reported on in this study was a 59-year-old female who had been suffering her whole life from chronic migraines and what are called “hypnic” headaches that would wake her up at night.  Medications and other medical care did not help her.  

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, mid and low back. Other assessment and testing revealed significant changes in her posture, decreased ranges of motion, and muscle tightness.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.  

The woman was adjusted by the chiropractor and she experienced complete resolution of the migraines and headaches following care. The study’s authors called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population of patients.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
McCoy Press