Before I became a Chiropractor I was a patient first. Growing up as a kid I used to always suffer with frequent headaches, especially right after playing sports or doing strenuous activities. I took every type of over the counter medication available you can think of and nothing seem to give me any relief, except combining 2 Sinutabs and an Advil. These pills gave me some relief, but I sure didn’t want to take these medications for the rest of my life. I knew there must be some other way. I saw medical specialist after medical specialist and all of them pretty much had no clue why I kept getting these frequent headaches. They told me…I just had to live with them.
In my early 20’s, while I was working out at the gym with my trainer, mentor, and Bodybuilding legend Rory Leidelmeyer, I was getting these severe headaches non-stop for 7 days. My quality of life was slowly sinking, I couldn’t do any activities including my workouts which I love to do.
Then my trainer said the greatest thing to me…”Mike, you have to go see my best friend who is a Chiropractor and his name is Dr. Mike Shalhoub.” Now, at that time, I had no clue that Chiropractic could help with headaches, nor did I care. I was willing to try anything in order to have my headaches taken away. I just wanted my life back
So I went the next day to his office, and it was about 45 minutes away, but I didn’t care. Dr. Mike Shalhoub did a thorough spinal exam, x-rays and posture analysis. He told me I had misalignments along my spine especially at the top area of my neck known as the upper cervical area which is right underneath skull. These spinal bones were putting pressure right on my lower brainstem known as a Subluxation and it was causing my headaches.
He did a specific Chiropractic adjustment to my neck as well to the rest of my spine. Before I knew it, after just a few office visits…My headaches were gone! It felt like a thick heavy cloud was release from my head. No more pain! No more medications! I could do all my activities as well as working out at the gym and NOT have anymore headaches…What a relief! Till this day, I am happy to say, I haven’t taken any pain medication since 1999.
With ongoing Chiropractic care I was able to have my life back. By this experience that I had and what I learned about the Philosophy of Chiropractic that “The Power that made the body Heals the body” and “The body is always self-healing”, drove me to become a Chiropractor, so I too can help others experience what I experience of this Extraordinary Power of Chiropractic.
Chiropractic Patients Have a Good Reduction in Migraine Frequency by 90%
Many patients rely on pain medications to manage migraines but did you know those medications may actually be causing you more headaches? A recent study found that medication overuse causes daily headaches in 1 in 50 people. Fortunately, there are natural treatment options that don’t put you at risk for worsening head pain.
Cases studies have suggested that chiropractic is beneficial for migraine treatment in pregnant women and children but a 2000 study was one of the the first randomized, controlled trials assessing the efficacy of chiropractic for migraine.
The study involved 127 participants between the ages of 10 and 70. All had been diagnosed with migraines, and had a minimum of at least one migraine per month. Half of the patients received chiropractic adjustments, while the other half served as a control group. Treatment consisted of two months of chiropractic spinal adjustments, with a maximum of 16 adjustments. Over the course of the study, participants completed headache diaries noting the frequency, intensity, duration, disability, associated symptoms, and medication use for each migraine.
The treatment group showed statistically significant improvements in average responses for migraine frequency, duration, disability, and medication use when compared to the control group. Twenty-two percent of participants reported more than a 90% reduction of migraines after the 2 months of adjustments. The results of this study support previous information that some people report significant improvement in their migraines after chiropractic adjustments.
Given that a high percentage of people with migraines report stress as a major migraine factor, it appears likely that chiropractic care affects physical conditions related to stress, thereby reducing the effects of the migraine.
A more recent study published in 2012 demonstrated that chiropractic care reduced pain severity in migraine patients by an average of 68%. In other words, chiropractic patients had their pain levels drop from an average of 5 to 0.5 on scale of 1 to 10.
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