Headache, Headache Go Away!
In March 2016, the medical journal, Frontiers in Neurology, published a systematic review regarding the effectiveness of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. The paper found 66 relevant studies and reviewed 10 randomized controlled clinical trials. The conclusion:
“These results suggest that mobilization or manipulation of the cervical spine may be beneficial for individuals who suffer from Cervicogenic headache.” (1)
Not only does manipulation work, but the results are fast. A separate randomized controlled trial published in the February 2016 BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal demonstrated that 6-8 of SMT sessions produced good outcomes, and that “upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation were shown to be more effective than mobilization and exercise” (2)
1. Garcia JD, Arnold S, et al. Mobilization and Manipulation of the Cervical Spine in Patients with Cervicogenic Headache: Any Scientific Evidence? Front Neurol. 2016 Mar 21;7:40.
2. Dunning JR, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Feb 6;17(1):64