Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments Reported Effective during Treatment of Headache

Research Reveals Chiropractic Can Reduce Headaches By 50% in Arlington

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or those that originate in your neck.

Jefferson Spine & Injury Center sees a lot of people in our Arlington office who are suffering with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment can usually help, potentially diminishing these types of headaches by 50%, and research confirms it.

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the previous three months. The objective was to discover how effective chiropractic therapy was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The patients were split into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other group received double that amount.

Each patient was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Furthermore, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic care had lower medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Head Pain

Jefferson Spine & Injury Center has helped many patients who were suffering from headache pain in our Arlington office. Call us today at (703) 933-9000 for more information or for an appointment.


Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

July 08, 2024

Dr. Holcombe, D.C.