According to a case study published late last fall in the?"Journal of Pediatric, Maternal &?Family Health,"?a course of chiropractic care was successful in completely eliminating headaches a 13-year-old male patient had been experiencing at least five hours a day for four years.
"Headaches are a common disorder affecting two-thirds of the world's population,"?Chassell-based Mischa Doman, D.C., said. "But we are still in the dark about all the causal factors and, in many instances, the most effective treatment options, which often depend on the mechanics of the specific type of headache presented. Experts have recognized 14 distinct types of headaches."
This particular case study concerns what is known as a cervicogenic headache, likely caused by poor joint function impacting the cervical spine and causing a malfunction of the nervous system.?This type of headache presents symptoms such as "Recurrent moderate to severe headaches arising from the neck. ..." The cervical spine most often shows reduced range of motion, which causes pain spikes with certain movements of the head and neck.
The initial chiropractic examination of the patient involved in this case study noted problems with posture and range of motion along with "subluxations" in the thoracic and cervical spine.
"A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine that disturbs normal nervous system function,"?Dr. Doman said. "Many chiropractors, including myself, have special, non-intrusive technology that allows them to conduct thermal and surface electromyography tests to assist in locating where such conditions exist. Because we know that the nervous system is the master controller of almost all bodily functions. We are not surprised when improvement of nervous system function contributes greatly to normal bodily function in a wide variety of areas."
After just six weeks of chiropractic care, the patient's posture and range of motion improved significantly. More important to the young man, he was headache-free for the first time in four years.
"There are certainly no guarantees with any course of care,"?Dr. Doman, who strives to keep current with the latest research and developments in health and wellness, said. "And every case depends on the specific factors associated with that case. More research is needed, but we see, from time to time, individual case studies that give rise to hope for many."
Anyone wishing for more information can contact Superior Family Chiropractic in Chassell at 482-2400.
Editor's note: This article was submitted by Superior Family Chiropractic.