The Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the
Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997; 20 (5) Jun:
RESULTS: The use of
analgesics decreased by 36% in the manipulation group, but was unchanged in the
soft-tissue group.The number of headache hours per day decreased by 69% in the
manipulation group, compared with 37% in the soft-tissue group.Finally, headache
intensity per episode decreased by 36% in the manipulation group, compared with
17% in the soft-tissue group.
Improvement After Chiropractic Care in
Cervicocephalic Kinesthetic Sensibility and Subjective Pain Intensity in
Patients with Nontraumatic Chronic Neck Pain (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006
(Feb); 29 (2): 100–106)
There was no difference between the treatment
patients and the control subjects at the beginning with regard to age, sex,
subjective pain intensity, range of motion, and HRA. At the 5-week follow-up,
the treatment patients showed significant reductions in pain and improvement of
all HRA aspects measured whereas the control subjects did not show any reduction
in pain and improvement in only one HRA aspect.
The results of this study suggest that chiropractic care can be effective in
influencing the complex process of proprioceptive sensibility and pain of
cervical origin. Short, specific chiropractic treatment programs with proper
patient information may alter the course of chronic cervical
The British Study
In 1990, the British Medical Journal published a study “Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomized Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment” by Dr. Thomas Meade, an orthopedic surgeon. He compared chiropractic management of low back pain of 700 patients with standard hospital outpatient treatment. Dr. Meade found “For patients with low back pain in whom manipulation is not contraindicated, chiropractic almost certainly confers worthwhile, long term benefits in comparison with hospital outpatient management.” He also found that the chiropractic benefits lasted the whole three years of the study.
The Australian Study
This study showed that patients who underwent chiropractic care lost four times fewer work days from low back pain than those treated by medical care.
Dr. Suh and the University of Colorado Project
Beginning in the 1970’s, Chung Ha Suh, Ph.D, and his colleagues at the Biomechanics Department of the University of Colorado began a series of studies that focused upon the functioning of the nervous system.
Among other things, they found that miniscule amounts of pressure on the nerve roots (10mm Hg, equal to the weight of a feather falling on your hand) resulted in a decrease in the electrical transmissions down the course of the nerve root by up to 50%.
A study of Florida workers compensation cases indicated that patients receiving chiropractic care were temporarily disabled for half the length of time, were hospitalized at less than half the rate, and accrued bills less than half as high as patients receiving medical care for similar conditions.