National Chiropractic Month


Chiropractic Effective Treatment of Headaches, Says American Chiropractic Association

NCMKingston, WA (Oct. 1, 2009) –This October, during National Chiropractic Month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is encouraging families to consider chiropractic care as a treatment for several types of headaches.

While many people associate chiropractic care as a treatment for bad backs, there is growing documentation that chiropractic is also effective in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches, migraines and cluster headaches.

“Research shows that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment option for headaches,” says Dr. Thomas Lamar of Anchor Chiropractic in Kingston and a member of the American Chiropractic Association. “Not only does drug-free, conservative chiropractic care provide almost immediate relief from pain, but it has significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting
relief than many commonly prescribed medications.”

Additionally, doctors of chiropractic are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling—all of which are important components in the management of chronic headache pain.

If you frequently suffer from headaches, Dr. Lamar and ACA recommend the following tips.

• If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour.
• Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches.
• Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
• Avoid slouching.
• Try a low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate diet. A recent study demonstrated that such a diet can dramatically lower the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine headaches.
• Reduce stress at home and work by planning ahead and engaging in relaxation and breathing exercises.
• Get plenty of sleep and maintain a regular sleep schedule.

This October, during National Chiropractic Month, talk with a doctor of chiropractic about how you can obtain headache relief through spinal manipulation and chiropractic care. “When it comes to managing headache pain, there’s no magic solution that works for everyone, but chiropractic care is certainly an effective treatment option every patient should keep in mind,” Dr. Lamar says.

Dr. Lamar is working in collaboration with the American Chiropractic Association to observe National Chiropractic Month. For more information on chiropractic or any of the tips mentioned above contact Dr. Lamar at (360) 297-8111 or visit his Web site:

Additional information is also available by visiting the ACA Web site:


Additional Reading:

Read some of Dr. Lamar’s Spinal Column articles on headaches:

“Not Tonight Dear, I Have a Headache.”

“Another Piece of the Headache Puzzle.”

Read some of Anchor Chiropractic’s website articles on headaches:

Are you a headache sufferer that is interested in becoming a patient?

FREE Headaches Report


“Oh My Aching Head.”

“When Your Baby Has a Headache…”

“Can Chiropractic Manage Migraines?”

“What’s Causing That Pain in Your Head?”

“Headache Types”

“All About Children’s Headaches.”

“The High Cost of Headaches”

“Chiropractic and Occipital Headaches”

“Can Food Cause My Headaches?”

“Tension Headaches — their causes and cures”

“Can Migraines Cause Heartattacks?”

“My Head Hurts Again!”

“Common Headache Triggers”

Read some of the ACA’s Headache information:

Headaches and Chiropractic

Headache Prevention and Treatment

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