Adding Chiropractic care as an additional therapy in the care of musculo-skeletal conditions can increase patient outcomes. One condition that affects millions of people every year is migraines. According to the research article I am going over in the blog post today, 75% of people suffering from migraine also deal with things such as neck pain and stiffness, muscle tension and jaw issues. Migraines are a condition that has no cure from the medical community and many patients prefer not to take daily medications as they can have unwanted side effects. This research article is a case series that looks at a few people dealing with migraines and adding Chiropractic care to their treatment plan within a hospital setting. There are three patients suffering from migraine headaches that are looked at in this study. I will briefly go over each one below.
Patient number 1 was a female who began suffering from migraines at age 29 and they increased at age 37 after her daughter was born. The headaches were occurring 3-4 times a week when she sought care. She also suffered with jaw pain, neck pain and stiffness with radicular symptoms previously. The patient was referred to a chiropractor by her neurologist and was reluctant to receive spinal manipulation. However, “When her treatment reached a therapeutic plateau, there was still local facet joint tenderness and joint motion restriction. Spinal manipulative therapy was then integrated after which the patient reported a nearly immediate reduction in headache and neck pain and a reduced headache frequency of 1 per month.” Patient Number 2 began having migraines at age 12 and had been taking Excedrin to manage them. In 2014 and 2016 she had pregnancies after which the migraines became worse and were classified as chronic. She was 31 when she sought out care. Many medications were tried with no help. Acupuncture was credited with reducing the frequency of headaches. Chiropractic care was introduced after these methods had been applied. After 9 months of care the patient reported the headaches reduced to 10 times per month with a pain level of 3.5/10 on VAS. at 10 months, the patient reported her first headache free month. Patient number 3 was 27 when she first sought out care for her migraines that she had been suffering from for the last 14 years of her life. Since she was 13 when they began. Patient had a near decade long history of daily migraines that severely interfered with her life. Botox was given which gave her as many as 8 migraine free days a month with the pain decreased by at least 50%. Neck pain persisted however and was disabling. Chiropractic care was integrated and, “The patient reported some mild, transient, and local soft tissue discomfort after treatment. There was a nearly immediate positive response to initial care in headache and neck pain intensity and frequency, which the patient assessed as integral to her improvement. There was a reported 50% reduction in headache intensity. The average headache pain intensity dropped to 3.5/10 with a range between 2/10 and 4/10.”
These three cases show a positive outlook for chiropractors and medical practitioners to work together on patient management. The overall effect of adding chiropractic care to treatment was to reduce symptom frequency, symptoms intensity and reduce the amount of medications the patient needed to take. While there is further studies, with design and control built in, required, this groundwork will pave the way for taking patient care to the next level of outcomes. Once we can start working together as a complete health system, looking at all angles of patient care, we can truly get people back to health. Which means that their body is healing itself and doing a good job of it! If you suffer from headaches or migraines in the Littleton Colorado area, please give Complete Health Chiropractic a call to get in and see how we can help you out!