Adjustments can relieve migraines

Adjustments can relieve migraines

In the Nov. 30 News-Gazette, there was an Associated Press article by Marilynn Marchione which discussed some new, waiting for approval, migraine drugs.

She states, "The drugs are the first preventative medicines specifically for migraines."

This may be true, but there is a preventative "approach" that is effective and has been around for over 100 years which many people are unaware of ... chiropractic spinal adjustments.

I have found this to be clinically true and there is confirming scientific research.

For example: An abstract examined chiropractic care for different types of headaches, including migraines. It combined the results of 22 studies, which had more than 2,600 patients total. The results showed that chiropractic care may serve as good preventive case management for migraines.

One specific trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic spinal alignments saw the number of attacks drop 90 percent. In the same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

An Australian study of 127 migraine sufferers found that those who received chiropractic adjustments had fewer attacks and needed to take less medication. The 1999 study found that more than 80 percent of the patients blamed stress for leading to their migraine attacks.

Therefore, researchers believe chiropractic care might physically help reduce the body's reaction to stress.

Migraines can drastically affect a sufferer's mental, emotional and physical ability to function.

Unfortunately there is no one answer for all cases, but medicine is not the only hope for relief.

GWAIN ZARBUCK II, D.C.

Board member,

Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association

Urbana