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Clinical Trial Shows Chiropractic Helps Migraines

A clinical trial reported in Medical-News.net on May 22, 2005 indicated that 72% of migraine sufferers experienced either 'substantial' or 'noticeable' improvement after a period of chiropractic care. The analysis was a randomized clinical trial completed spanning a 20 year period. Dr. Peter Tuchin, was the primary researcher and presented his results in a thesis at Macquarie University in Australia.

The research involved 123 migraine sufferers, which had been reduced down from aproximatly 1000 who applied to participate in the research after answering a television program concerning the research. The 123 participants were further separated into two groups. One group received chiropractic care while the other group was a control group who failed to get any actual care but were advised they were getting a type of electrical physical therapy. In commenting on the results, Dr. Peter Tuchin, a chiropractor within the last two decades stated, "Around 22 percent [of patients] had substantial reduction - meaning more than 60 percent of their symptoms reduced throughout the treatment. What makes this a really strong outcome is that this was a really chronic group - the normal period of time they'd had migraines was 18 years. To obtain a change of that sort of magnitude in a really chronic group was quite amazing." In this study Dr. Tuchin went to great lengths to document the results. He explained, "Both groups kept a record of their migraines for the whole six months, noting down how often they got them, how severe they were, how long they lasted, and if there was anything they could think of that contributed to them," Tuchin explains. "For two months prior to any treatment they just diarised their migraines, followed by two months of treatment and then two months of post-treatment" Dr. Tuchin summed up the results of the study by saying, "Chiropractic is not the be all and end all, but for a good percentage of migraine sufferers the neck is a significant contributing factor, and for them chiropractic treatment is really effective. I'm not saying that everybody's going to be cured, but there's very little to lose."

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