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Doctors use chiropractic manipulation to help treat neck pain related to headaches

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Dr. Laron Hardy uses chiropractic manipulation to treat neck pain relating to headaches. Dr. Laron Hardy uses chiropractic manipulation to treat neck pain relating to headaches.
DEACTUR, AL (WAFF) -

One of the most common and yet most debilitating ailments we have is a headache. A recent study in the annals of internal medicine showed chiropractic manipulation and exercise were better than drugs when it came to treating neck pain relating to headaches.

Gary Ray is on the receiving end of a manipulation designed to help headaches. He says his headaches were tension related. But after seeing Dr. Laron Hardy, he hasn't had any bad headaches for two years.

One of the first things a doctor will do is order an X-ray and the results of that X-ray can determine the course of treatment.

"The chiropractic approach for headaches is adjusting the cervical spine. Most headaches, even some migraine headaches are what we call cervicogenic, which means they originate in the cervical spine," said Dr. Hardy.

Dr. Hardy also added the treatment is not limited to tension headaches. He said it helps most headaches whether they are migraine headaches or cluster headaches.

A well publicized study in the annals of internal medicine looked at three groups of headache sufferers.

"The study showed 58 percent of the chiropractic group showed a 75 percent improvement, where as the group that took medication probably showed about a 33-34 percent improvement," said Dr. Hardy.

Another group used home exercises and 47 percent of them showed improvement.

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