In a recent study, patients suffering from
tension headache for three months or more were divided into two groups.1 One
group received antidepressant drugs. The other group received chiropractic adjustments.
During the six week therapeutic trial, both groups reported headache relief, although the
drug therapy group reported such side effects as dryness of the mouth, drowsiness and
The real advantage of chiropractic care
became apparent during the four week follow-up period after the interventions were
stopped. The patients in the drug therapy group returned to their previous levels of
headache suffering. For the chiropractic group, headache relief continued, even after the
adjustments were discontinued. The chiropractic group also reported higher levels of
energy and vitality than the drug therapy group.
In summary, chiropractic care provided
longer-lasting relief, with fewer side effects and enhanced vitality.
1 Boline PD, Kassak K, Bronfort G,
Nelson C, Anderson AV. Spinal Manipulation vs. Amitriptyline for the Treatment of Chronic
Tension-Type Headaches: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Manipulative and
Physiological Therapeutics, 1995; 18: 148-154
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Marion Todres, M.A., D.C. and Charles Masarsky, D.C.