In the 17 months since I gained treating privileges as a chiropractic physician I have seen some amazing results with patients suffering from severe tension headaches and migraines. The visual manifestations and the unrelenting pressure in the head are bad enough, but almost equally dreadful is the time lost in pain rather than doing what one wants.
When evaluating a patient with headaches I look to the structures of the head and neck to assess potential causes. The patients that have received the most relief have been ones with extremely tight muscles in the top of their neck as well as in their jaws.
Numerous patients who were once on multiple medications were able reduce the dose or are now off of them completely. With that comes relief from the common side effects and other concerns about long-term pharmaceutical use.
A 1995 meta study of chiropractic for headaches involving over 900 patients found that chiropractic treatment provided results ranging from fair to excellent; equivalent to the best medication but with longer lasting benefit than the drugs gave. You can find a summary of the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8775024
If you or someone you know suffers from migraine or tension type headaches we invite you to come for a consultation. We will tell you honestly whether we think we can help you or not.
To your health!