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I can’t tell you how many patients come in to see chiropractors for headaches. I’ve seen them range from life-long headaches/migraines all the way to, “I woke up this morning with a headache.”I’ve had all sorts of successes with headaches too. My most memorable success was a patient that had had them her whole life. She had nuclear bone scans. She had injections in the back of her head. She had MRI’s that came back normal. Yet, she continued to be plagued by them daily. It literally took only two weeks and she stopped having headaches right then and there. She still doesn’t have headaches and that was years ago!I’ve had them be a little more stubborn too. One patient in the last year comes to mind. She was in her 50’s and has been plagued with them since she was a child. We treated her with marginal success for about 3 weeks. I’m a firm believer that, if we’re not getting results, we either need to change what we’re doing, or I’m not the guy for this patient. So we began including cold laser in her treatment. Viola! That was it. She’s doing great and still having no headaches. 


Continuing our theme from last week, this wee’s blog has to do with the effectiveness of chiropractic for migraines. 

The International Headache Society (IHS) is the one that sets the mark for what constitutes a migraine. They say that a migraine has to have at least three of these:

People that aren’t raised going to the chiropractor or have little experience with chiropractic in general are usually surprised to find out that chiropractic is significantly effective for the treating of headaches. Certainly cervicogenic or tension headaches. Here’s some research to prove why we use chiropractic manipulative therapy as well as manual therapy techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy, or massage therapy in the treatment of headaches.


It has been my experience that most people will identify chiropractors with back and neck pain but not necessarily headaches or migraines. FOR MANY HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES, ONCE AN EMERGENCY IS RULED OUT, MAY TIMES DOCTORS OF CHIROPRACTIC SHOULD BE THE ENTRY POINT INTO THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THESE COMPLAINTS.Here’s research for it.

Jeff Williams, DC

Serving the Panhandle for 15 years, and spending several of those years as an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams has seen it all with conditions ranging from various car wreck or auto injury to whiplash, scoliosis, herniated discs, sciatica, neck “cricks” and pinched nerves, neck pain, back pain, and low back pain, to migraines and sports injuries. I have a dream job in a dream practice where we get to help people on a daily basis. We have been very fortunate and truly blessed.

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