Can these migraines be treated?
Yes, chiropractors and osteopaths typically use a combination of hands on treatments including manipulation, mobilisation, trigger point therapy and soft tissue techniques.
Is manipulation of the neck safe?
Yes, and a question many patients have when they come to see a chiropractor or osteopath. The research evidence indicated a rare risk of stroke noted at 0.001% and is the same risk factor seem in patients who attend a GP for their headaches.
If we feel that there may be some other cause for the head pain, then of course, we will refer you appropriately.
Is the treatment supported by evidence?
Yes, chiropractic and osteopathic treatment has been shown to be effective in the treatment and prevention of migraines and this is supported by data taken from control trials and case reports and by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Bronfort G, Nilsson N, Hass M, Evans R, Goldsmith CH, Assendelft WJ, et al; Non-invasive physical treatments for chronic/ recurrent headache. Cochrane database Systematic Review 2004, CD001878 Nelson CF, Bronfort G, Evans R, Boline P, Goldsmith C, Anderson AV: The efficacy of spinal manipulation, amytriptiline and the combination of both therapies for the prophylaxis of migraine headaches. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapies. 200, 23:91-95
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