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A Holistic Approach to Severe Headache Symptoms in a Patient Unresponsive to Regional Manual Therapy

This case history deals with a woman who suffered from severe migraine headache symptoms who found no relief from medical care or cervical chiropractic adjustments. This is the case of a patient suffering from severe headache complaints who was previously unresponsive to regional cervical spine care. Chiropractic spinal adjustments were provided as the only intervention and the patient reported no visits to the emergency room, even after a 1-year follow-up, and the average visual analogue pain decreased.

Results: The use of analgesics decreased by 36% in the manipulation group, but was un-changed in the soft-tissue group; this difference was statistically significant. The number of headache hours per day decreased by 69% in the manipulation group compared with 37% in the soft-tissue group; this was significant. Finally, the headache intensity per episode decreased by 36% in the manipulation group, compared with 17% in the soft-tissue group; this was significant.

Stude, DE and Sweere, JJ.   J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 (Mar-Apr); 19 (3): 202-207