New Headache Research

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Health Tips/Information | Comments Off on New Headache Research

It was  reported in October of 2010 that 1 in 6 or 16.54% or approximately 45 million Americans get headaches yearly, with many people suffering  daily. While the statistical numbers vary based upon your source of  information, it can be agreed upon that headaches are very common and  shared with Americans at an epidemic rate.

Taking into  account that a single pill for many Americans can cost as much as $43,  the overall cost to our economy totals billions of dollars and we need  to focus on not the treatment of the effects, but the root of the cause.

While there  are many types of headaches ranging from common headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches, tension headaches and many more, the one  thing to
keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “Normal Headache.” You  are not supposed to get headaches as pain is an indicator of a problem  and you body’s mechanism of letting you know something is wrong, go fix  it.

One of the  most common and less understood headaches is the “cervicogenic headache.” This is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain around the  head
that is associated with either the bony structures of the head or  the muscles of the neck. This has also been associated with migraine  headaches as 64% of
migraine sufferers have reported associated neck  pain/stiffness with their migraine attack; 31% experienced neck symptoms  before and 93% during the
headache phase and 31% during the recovery  phase.

Therefore cervicogenic headaches are also a component of the migraine headaches and can be treated.

One of the  hallmarks of determining if there is a cervicogenic component of any headache is to change the position of your head and if you increase,  activate or alter the pain pattern, there is a component.

According to  M. Haas, ET. Al. in 2010, spinal manipulative care (chiropractic adjustments) showed significant reduction in cervicogenic headaches of  over 50% of the research group that lasted for 24 weeks, or the length  of the study. The researchers used the 50% mark to determine validity  and they reached their milestone and it lasted for 24 weeks, the length  of the study. They also noted a decrease in over the counter medication  during the 24 weeks of the study.

Haas also  reported in 2010 that at 12 weeks 85% showed improvement with varying degrees of improvement ranging from 25% to 100% with similar findings at  24 weeks.

Chiropractic  has been proven to reduce and in many instances totally eradicate headaches. The financial cost to headache sufferers for drugs is  staggering along with loss of paychecks when unable to work, the  disability costs to insurers and loss of production of workers to  industry when their employees cannot perform their jobs on a daily,  weekly or monthly basis.

Research has concluded that chiropractic has a drugless solution that works.

These  studies along with many others conclude that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for patients with  headaches.

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