Well­ness Arti­cles

Clin­i­cal Trial Shows Chi­ro­prac­tic Helps Migraines

A clin­i­cal trial reported in Med​ical​-News​.net on May 22, 2005 showed that 72% of migraine suf­fer­ers expe­ri­enced either ‘sub­stan­tial’ or ‘notice­able’ improve­ment after a period of chi­ro­prac­tic care. The study was a ran­dom­ized clin­i­cal trial com­pleted over a 20 year period. Dr. Peter Tuchin, was the chief researcher and pre­sented his results in a the­sis at Mac­quarie Uni­ver­sity in Australia.

The study involved 123 migraine suf­fer­ers, which was reduced down from aproximatly1000 who applied to be part of the study after respond­ing to a tele­vi­sion pro­gram about the research. The 123 par­tic­i­pants were fur­ther divided into two groups. One group received chi­ro­prac­tic care while the other group was a con­trol group who did not receive any actual care but were told they were receiv­ing a form of elec­tri­cal phys­i­cal therapy.

In com­ment­ing on the results, Dr. Peter Tuchin, a chi­ro­prac­tor for the past 20 years stated, “Around 22 per cent [of patients] had sub­stan­tial reduc­tion — which means that more than 60 per­cent of their symp­toms reduced dur­ing the course of the treat­ment. What makes this a really strong result is that this was a really chronic group — the aver­age length of time they’d had migraines was 18 years. To get a change of that sort of mag­ni­tude in a really chronic group was quite amazing.”

In this study Dr. Tuchin went to great lengths to doc­u­ment the results. He explained, “Both groups kept a record of their migraines for the whole six months, not­ing down how often they got them, how severe they were, how long they lasted, and if there was any­thing they could think of that con­tributed to them,” Tuchin explains. “For two months prior to any treat­ment they just diarised their migraines, fol­lowed by two months of treat­ment and then two months of post-​treatment”

Dr. Tuchin summed up the results of the study by say­ing, “Chi­ro­prac­tic is not the be all and end all, but for a good per­cent­age of migraine suf­fer­ers the neck is a sig­nif­i­cant con­tribut­ing fac­tor, and for them chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ment is really effec­tive. I’m not say­ing that everybody’s going to be cured, but there’s very lit­tle to lose.”

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