Clinical trial tests chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of migraine

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Clinical trial tests chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of migraine

Migraine refers to a throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head, which can be accompanied by blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. It is a common public health concern that requires patients to seek care from doctors. Migraine headaches can vary from person to person and may last from 4 hours to 72 hours. Some people experience migraine attack several times a month, while others experience them much less frequently. The application of simple physical nonpharmacological techniques could greatly reduce onset of such headaches.

Several studies have assessed chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) as a therapy for migraine. In this discussed study, patients with migraine were blinded and categorized into three arms to investigate the efficacy of CSMT in the treatment of migraine versus placebo (sham chiropractic) and control (usual drug treatment).

The study result showed a significant reduction of symptoms from baseline to post-treatment in migraine days within all the three groups. This effect continued in the CSMT and placebo group at all follow-up points of time, whereas the control group returned to baseline. It was observed that the effect of CSMT was due to a placebo response. Thus, there were no statistically significant differences between different groups. Adverse events reported were few, mild and transient. This study suggest that CSMT is effective in treating migraineurs and offers  relief.



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Clinical trial tests spinal manipulation therapy for migraines


M. B. Russell et al.

Therapeutic, Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT), Migraine, Head, Clinical Trial, Efficacy
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