For many people, the first visit to see us is prompted by severe or recurrent headaches. Even so, most people do not realize that there is very good research showing just how effective chiropractic is in treating the causes of headache pain.
The Boline Study
This trial compared six weeks of chiropractic care to six weeks of amitriptyline, which is a commonly prescribed tension headache medication. Both groups responded to treatment. Researchers found that chiropractic patients experienced fewer side effects and the chiropractic patients continued to report fewer headaches when treatment ended.

Boline, PD, Kassak, K, et al. "Journal of Manipulative and Physiological therapeutics." March/April 1995; Vol. 18, No. 3, pp.148-154.

The Duke Study
Based on a literature review of several headache treatment options, a panel of 19 multidisciplinary experts concluded that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches (those caused by neck problems), offering significantly fewer side-effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly-prescribed medication.

McCrory DC, et al. "Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension-type and Cervicogenic Headache." Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, Durham, North Carolina, January 2001.

The Nelson Migraine Study
This study compared chiropractic spinal manipulation to amitriptyline (a medication often prescribed for the treatment of headache. The researchers found that "spinal manipulation seemed to be as effective as a well-established and efficacious treatment (amitriptyline), and on the basis of a benign side effects profile, it should be considered a treatment option for patients with frequent migraine headaches."

The researchers also found that in the weeks immediately following treatment, patients who had received spinal adjustments had a 42% reduction in headache frequency, compared to only 24% for those who took amtriptyline.

Nelson CF, et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 1999; Vol. 22, No. 8, pp. 517-522.

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