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Salem Chiropractor Prevents and Relieves Headache

According to recent research, chiropractic adjustments can reduce the frequency of cervicogenic headaches by half.

Cervicogenic headaches are steady, non-throbbing headaches felt at the back of the head, with pain radiating downwards through the neck and between the shoulder blades. In addition to pain, dizziness is a common symptom. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by, and named for, dysfunction in the cervical spine, which is the upper portion of the spinal column located in the neck.

Previous research demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic care at alleviating both pain and disability associated with cervicogenic headache. This study showed that chiropractic can also reduce the number of headaches patients suffer, suggesting spinal adjustment as an option for preventing this type of headache.

The study involved 80 people with chronic cervicogenic headaches. Participants were assigned to either chiropractic adjustments or light massage. The chiropractic treatments included high-velocity, low-amplitude adjustments of the upper back and neck. The massage therapy involved several minutes of gentle neck and shoulder massage.

The chiropractic group experienced significant improvements in headache pain, with far better outcomes than the massage group. Researchers also discovered that spinal adjustments reduced headache frequency by 50%. At the conclusion of the study, participants in the chiropractic group required one-third less pain medication than they had at the start, and they reported a 50% reduction in overall headache symptoms.

Within the cervical-spine-adjustment group, half of the patients received eight chiropractic sessions while the other half received 16 treatments. The only difference the researchers found between the two treatment plans was that the longer duration of therapy resulted in slightly better improvements in neck disability. While more research is needed to determine the ideal number of treatments, the researchers concluded that chiropractic adjustments are an effective method of treating cervicogenic headaches.

Do you suspect you might have cervicogenic headaches? No matter what type of headache you suffer from, Dr. Geary Michels can help you. Call our Salem office at (503)-399-7607 to learn more.


Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.


Salem Chiropractor Treats Sciatic Pain

Sciatica causes low-back pain that is often severe and disabling. Studies suggest that compared to other types of back pain, sciatica results in the highest level of disability. Public health records in Norway have revealed that patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days per year.

If you're among the sufferers of debilitating sciatic pain and work injuries, Dr. Geary Michels can help you. Chiropractic techniques like those we use at Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates have been shown to speed sciatica recovery, allowing patients to return to work faster.

In a recent study, researchers evaluated 44 Norwegian workers who visited a hospital with severe sciatic pain. Most of the workers reported at least three weeks of severe pain before being admitted to the hospital.

While there, a chiropractor evaluated each patient, examining and recording posture, gait, and range of motion of the lumbar spine. The chiropractor then performed spinal adjustments. Participants also received chiropractic adjustments to treat pain in other joints, resulting from the patients' compensating for their low-back pain over time. During their hospital stay, patients were treated with chiropractic care daily, and then three times a week for two weeks after being discharged.

Within 21 days of chiropractic treatment, 91% of participants had returned to work full-time. The remainder of the patients were back to work on a part-time basis. The authors of the study concluded that their findings demonstrated the potential benefit of chiropractic for treating sciatica patients.

If you have sciatica, we can help you get back to work and stay there. Dr. Geary Michels uses spinal adjustment and other chiropractic modalities to relieve debilitating and chronic pain in his Salem patients. Our goal is to help our patients return to their lives, including their jobs. Call Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates for work-injury relief today.


Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.



Got Whiplash? Salem Chiropractor Can Help You

Whiplash, which occurs as a result of a soft-tissue injury of the cervical spine, encompasses a number of symptoms. Most people know that the most common cause of whiplash is an auto accident, but did you know that studies show that 43% of people with a whiplash injury will suffer long-term symptoms? Once whiplash patients have passed the three-month mark since their injury, if they are still experiencing pain, the likelihood of long-term, chronic pain jumps to 90%.

How can you beat these statistics? Research shows that chiropractic care offers safe and effective relief for early whiplash symptoms as well as for treating chronic whiplash pain.

In one such study, researchers examined the efficacy of chiropractic in treating 28 patients with chronic whiplash. The patients were referred to a chiropractor an average of 15.5 months after their auto collisions. All participants were experiencing long-term symptoms, most of them labeling them as either "intrusive" or "disabling".

After their chiropractic treatment plans, 26 of the 27 patients had improved. To eliminate bias, the patients were interviewed by both a chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon, and the positive results were maintained. This was a 93% success rate for chiropractic care improving chronic whiplash symptoms.

If you want to experience the same success, call Dr. Geary Michels at Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates today. Whether your car accident was yesterday or a year ago, we are specialists in treating whiplash symptoms and can help you win the battle against pain. We use a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat our Salem patients, and can get you on the road to recovery.


Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic ‘whiplash’ injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996;27(9):643-645.


Chiropractic Care Beats Drugs for Healing Neck Pain

An estimated 70% of people will experience neck pain at some point in life. There are many treatment options out there for the condition, but there has been little research about the effectiveness of some treatments compared to others. A recent study has sought to change that, with the intent of comparing three common neck pain treatments: chiropractic care, medication, and exercise.

Researchers recruited 272 patients with acute or subacute neck pain. Each participant was randomly chosen to receive either chiropractic treatments, medications, or exercise under the direction of a medical professional. Researchers compared the efficacy of the three treatment options after 12 weeks of treatment. They also measured the patients' pain periodically for one year following the treatment.

Both chiropractic care and exercise therapy were found to be significantly more effective than drugs for reducing pain. In fact, patients treated with either chiropractic or exercise were twice as likely to achieve complete pain relief than those who used medication.

In the regular follow-up examinations, researchers also discovered that most of the chiropractic patients achieved pain relief that lasted a year or more, highlighting the long-term benefits of chiropractic care in treating neck pain.

The study authors concluded that the success of chiropractic is likely because chiropractors are able to address the root causes of neck pain rather than just masking the symptoms. Studies also show that combining chiropractic with exercise can lead to improved outcomes in patients with spinal conditions.

By using a combination of chiropractic adjustments and active rehabilitation, our Salem chiropractic team can provide effective relief of neck pain after a work injury or auto accident. At Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates, we help our Salem patients get rid of their neck pain and get back to their lives. Call Dr. Geary Michels today.


Bronfort, Gert, Roni Evans, Alfred Anderson, Kenneth Svendsen, Yiscah Bracha, and Richard Grimm. Spinal Manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine  2012; 156 (1): 1-10.