Thousands of migraine headache sufferers find relief with chiropractic. Most medical practitioners do not understand or remain uneducated about the benefits of recommending chiropractic care to patients suffering with migraines. Chiropractors and researchers continue to see results and trends that other healthcare providers need to understand in order to effectively bring relief to hurting people. Research confirms that chiropractic spinal adjustments help relieve tension and reduce stress in the nervous system, giving migraine sufferers a unique advantage to tackling such a disabling condition.

Migraine headaches diagnose as being a severe, painful headache lasting for hours or days, often accompanied by flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines leave over 90% of sufferers unable to work or function normally during an episode.

Many factors contribute to the cause of a migraine headache. The plight of a migraine sufferer typically becomes agonizing and hopeless. The pain of a migraine represents one of the worst types of pain a person can endure. The pressure builds up from the base of the skull through the back of the eyes and makes the most menial tasks seem impossible. Migraine sufferers often succumb to any hope of relief prescribed by a medical doctor. The relentless pain usually leads to the consumption of powerful pharmaceutical drugs that bring a few hours relief but never solve the cause of the problem. The pain returns and the drugs often bring damaging side effects that prove just as damaging and harmful as the migraine pain.

Studies continue to produce priceless new recommendations, strategies, clinics, and procedures that provide relief and genuine healing. Chiropractic spinal adjustments provide relief to millions of migraine sufferers by releasing pressuring and stress from the spine and nervous system. Research shows that those who receive chiropractic spinal adjustments experienced less frequency, duration, disability and medication use stemming from migraines. Twenty percent of the subjects in the study actually experienced a 90% reduction in migraine symptoms from just two months of nervous system care.

Chiropractors assess and address specific areas of function in the nervous system through appropriate care of the spine. Every adjustment improves communication between the brain and body, reducing stress from the central nervous system. All migraine sufferers deserve to know about and experience the benefits achieved through chiropractic adjustments. Offer these five lifestyle implementations to anyone suffering from migraines.

5 health tips that address the cause of migraine headaches:

  1. Check and correct spinal alignment by a chiropractor (specifically in the upper neck)
  2. Remove neurotoxins from the diet (artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives)
  3. Increase daily water intake
  4. Get more quality sleep
  5. Move the body regularly (exercise to regularly increase heart rate)

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000
A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine.” PJ Tuchin, H Pollard, R Bonello

The Importance Of Chiropractic Continues To Rise

The debilitating effects of back pain torments millions of people worldwide. Approximately 700 million people suffer from back pain. Studies estimate that nearly 85% of the population will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Researchers warn that those experiencing low back pain experience a 13% increased risk of early death. Proactively eliminating the source of the low back pain before facing a permanent problem represents one of the most important health pursuits any individual can make.

Low back pain often falls into the category of being a nagging inconvenience that comes and goes. A 2017 medical study speaks to low back pain being symptomatic of something much more threatening. The research determined that subjects enduring back pain experienced an astonishing 13% higher risk of dying early compared to those who had no pain.

“This is a significant finding as many people think that back pain is not life-threatening,” said Paulo Ferreira, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and contributor to the research.

The quantity of people exposed to the devastating effects of low back pain has become the most concerning aspect of this research. Statistics show that five out of every six people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. People benefit from understanding that the reality of these episodes involves consequences beyond simply relieving the temporary pain. Pursuing proactive prevention and treatment of lower back pain proves paramount for long-term health.

Chiropractors help men, women, and children of all ages reduce and eliminate back pain. Research confirms that the benefits of chiropractic adjustments extend far beyond pain relief. Some links between low back pain and increased risk of early death can be explained with neuroscience. Subluxations, defined as small subtle shifts and altered movement in spinal vertebrae, interfere with the nervous system. Left undetected and uncorrected, a subluxation negatively influences the vital autonomic functions of the body.

Chiropractors specialize in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. Proactive health care does not simply focus on alleviating or preventing back pain. Nervous system care pursues maximized performance and function of the entire body. Optimal health means avoiding pain, suffering, and other challenges that otherwise manifest into significant issues later in life.  Back pain will continue to pose major problems for average citizens and the healthcare system. Chiropractors possess a proven track record of helping men and women of all ages overcome and prevent the onset of back pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Research continues to compile indisputable of evidence that chiropractic care combats the devastating effects of pain. Proactive health care begins with chiropractic.


European Journal of Pain (London, England) 2017 “Is this back pain killing me? All-cause and cardiovascular-specific mortality in older Danish twins with spinal pain”
M Fernandez1E Boyle 2 3J Hartvigsen 2 4M L Ferreira 5 6K M Refshauge 1C G Maher 5K Christensen 7J L Hopper 8P H Ferreira 1

Chiropractic continues to gain increased popularity across all ages and genders for one primary reason: results! Patient outcomes represent the single largest reason for millions of people adopting regular chiropractic care as part of their weekly or monthly health plan.

Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback to ever play professional football, played in the Super Bowl at age 43, and visits his chiropractor on a regular basis. People pursuing optimal health and performance trust evidence that proves chiropractic emphasizes optimal health more than pain relief. Nearly every college, professional, and Olympic athlete utilizes the performance-enhancing benefits of regular Chiropractic adjustments. Pregnant mothers, working fathers, growing children, and even babies comprise groups who visit a chiropractor regularly in pursuit of proactive health.

Men and women from all over the world utilize chiropractic for health and wellness measures to safeguard the health of their spine and maximize function of the brain and nervous system. Many patients begin chiropractic care to alleviate pain or symptoms, but most quickly experience benefits far beyond the spine or back. Research based evidence proves that the heart and cardiovascular system experiences a remarkable influence from chiropractic adjustments. The spine directly influences heart health and blood vessel function through the autonomic nervous system. Science continues to discover the profound influence the spine has on the heart, blood vessels, and blood pressure.

A study completed in 2007 selected a random group of individuals who had never experienced any back or neck pain. The subjects were split into two groups. One group received a real chiropractic adjustment, and the other group received a placebo, or fake adjustment. Study subjects were not aware of which group they were in. The group that received a real adjustment experienced an average reduction in blood pressure of 27 points (17 systolic and 10 diastolic). The study conclusion showed the benefits achieved by those receiving a chiropractic adjustment mirrored a reduction in blood pressure that would normally require two blood pressure medications.

The natural outcome of the adjustments worked as if the subjects were taking two blood pressure medications given in combination. The natural power within the body unlocked better health and performance without the need for dangerous medications. The most important piece of this study was that those receiving adjustments had misalignments in the upper neck but experienced no preliminary back or neck pain. The body usually expresses pain as a final symptom of disease. Proactive health care offers millions of people an opportunity to improve blood pressure problems by simply caring for the spine and nervous system. 

Proactive health care means pursuing optimal performance before problems occur. Science and research continues to prove the amazing benefits of chiropractic on heart and organ health. February is heart month and a great time to educate the world on the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for people pursuing better heart and blood pressure health. 


Journal of Human Hypertension May 2007
Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study.” G Bakris M Dickholtz SrP M MeyerG KravitzE AveryM MillerJ BrownC WoodfieldB Bell

Every athlete looks for and works towards an advantage that will improve performance. Chiropractic care offers a tremendous edge. The same reasons that chiropractic adjustments help athletes perform better also serve to improve life quality for people of advanced age. Recent research shows that chiropractic adjustments improve strength, endurance, and balance while reducing pain in the body.

Athletes train hard to perform better in competition. Research published in 2020 revealed that those under chiropractic care exhibited improved strength and endurance as well as reduced low back pain intensity and disability compared with those not receiving adjustments. This data builds upon over a hundred years of evidence that proves what chiropractors see and hear on a regular basis. Findings like these also explain why almost all elite level Olympic and professional athletes utilize chiropractic as part of their training and rehab regiment.

Elderly individuals represent another group of people who deserve to experience greater strength, endurance, and balance. Approximately 300,000 Americans are hospitalized every year after fracturing hips during a fall. A broken hip suffered by someone of advanced age rarely heals properly and most find that life does not easily return to normal. Many experience health that declines to the point of being disabled. Statistics show that 87-96% of people who suffer from hip fractures are over 65 years of age. Those injuries often lead to hip surgery and a significant decline in independence. 

Chiropractic adjustments gently increase mobility and alignment of spinal vertebrae. The brain receives important signals from the spine that keep the body healthy and strong. Proper alignment and mobility of spinal bones allows the brain to communicate with muscles, organs and tissues in a more harmonious way. The spine plays a role in all body health and functions because of an intimate relationship between the brain and central nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments help so many aspects of health and human performance. A properly aligned body unlocks tremendous power to heal and restore a variety of symptoms, conditions and performance.

Athletes and weekend warriors mirror the hopes those advancing in age. All want to live their best life and experience freedom and vitality. Chiropractic care plays an important role in maximizing strength, endurance, and balance while reducing pain. That outcome occurs without the use of drugs or surgery. Make chiropractic part of every health care plan in 2021.


Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine June 2020
Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance in Active-Duty U.S. Military Personnel with Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
Robert Vining, Cynthia R Long, Amy Minkalis, M Ram Gudavalli, Ting Xia, Joan Walter, Ian Coulter, Christine M Goertz

Hi, my name is Dr. Aaron Casselman from Pinnacle Chiropractic. And I’ve got a quick video for you today about a situation that I hear a lot of patients mention to me when they first come in. That their lower back pain or back pain anywhere really, but usually lower back pain is moving around a lot. And it doesn’t stay in one spot. That’s very confusing for people. It’s actually super, super common. If you think about the spine, we’ve got 27 bones stacked on top of each other and each level there’s nine joints. There is so much going on in the spine. If you hurt one of these things, you can feel it almost anywhere. It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly where the problem is just based on where the pain location is. So when someone hurts their back, it’s going to start on the left and then moves to the right. And then I hear all the time. It works its way up to the middle or upper back.

This is really, really common it’s because the spine is so complex or so many joints in there. If you hurt your elbow, you’re going to have elbow pain. It’s basically a hinge. It’s not going to move around typically, maybe radiate a tad, but in general, it’s going to be right in your elbow. The spine is a totally different situation. In addition, the spine also houses your nervous system. So if you have a spinal issue, not only can that area hurt and they can move around that area. But now because of those nerves are coming out of your spine, you can have problems wherever those nerves go as well. So for example, if you have a neck issue, you can have pain all around your neck or even in your head.

But now because it’s in the neck, the nerves that come out of your neck, go down your arm into your hands. So you could have problems in your arm or hand even. And in the lower back, that same thing happens down into the leg or foot. A lot of people call that Sciatica. That’s because the nerves are coming out of the spine. So this pain moves around and you can feel in different parts of your body. And it’s actually really common. It’s actually more common for people to have moving pain around spinal issues, as opposed to the pain that just stays in the same place. Hopefully that cleared some stuff up for you. If you guys need anything or have any questions or anything, Pinnacle Chiropractic, I’m Dr. Aaron Casselman, talk to you soon.

An old belief still exists that cracking knuckle joints leads to arthritis. Research put this theory to the test. Studies performed in the mid 1970’s and again in 2011 proved that no connection exists between cracking knuckles and arthritis. Dr. Donald Unger, a medical doctor, earned a Nobel Prize in 2009 for his sixty-year study proving that knuckle cracking did not contribute to arthritis. Not only was no correlation found between knuckle cracking and arthritis, but the research also showed a completely opposite effect. People who regularly cracked the knuckle joints in their hand experienced less arthritis than those who did not. These findings help further clarify the benefits and unique value of long-term chiropractic adjustments on the spine.

Knuckle joints in the hand share nearly identical characteristics to many of the joints that connect vertebrae in the spine. A myth once existed amongst people who believed regular chiropractic visits weakened the spine. Unfounded fears also led some people to believe that consistent chiropractic care from birth through adulthood contributes to the development of arthritis. These myths and fears never withstood the rigor of science and research. The evidence found among millions of chiropractic patients around the world, both current and in the past, attest to the fact that regular chiropractic adjustments both improve and prevent many forms of arthritis.

Science explains how regular and frequent chiropractic check-ups and adjustments improve the integrity of the spine and function of the nervous system. Research and clinical outcomes suggest the best way to utilize chiropractic comes through consistent and frequent adjustments over the course of a lifetime. Regular attention given to the spine helps increase strength, durability, and movement while balancing function of the autonomic nervous system. Many disease processes directly result from an imbalanced autonomic nervous system. Heart disease, immune deficiencies, attention problems, breathing troubles, and many more autonomic-related dysfunctions originate with an unhealthy and imbalanced nervous system. Resolution and prevention of many symptoms and conditions can occur by balancing the nervous system through regular and frequent chiropractic adjustments.

Movement plays a critical role in preventing degeneration of any joint in the body including the small knuckle joints in the hand or bigger spinal joints surrounded by muscles. The spine uniquely connects to the nervous system and increasing movement in spinal joints helps the brain and nervous system function at optimal levels. Chiropractic influences the brain and prevents arthritis and degeneration by improving movement and spinal alignment in all ages from infants to adults.


Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM Mar-Apr 2011 Knuckle cracking and hand osteoarthritis.” Kevin Deweber 1Mariusz OlszewskiRebecca Ortolano

The Western Journal of Medicine May 1975 “The consequences of habitual knuckle cracking.” R L Swezey, S E Swezey

Headaches are not normal. The body was not designed to regularly suffer from headaches. Yet, many headache sufferers believe that headaches arrive as a normal part of being dealt a bad hand of genes or luck. Headaches occur commonly but never as a normal part of life.

The common occurrence of an event does not equate to normalcy. Flat tires and car accidents happen commonly but people do not deserve to experience them as a normal part of the day. The frequency and regularity of headaches leads people to believe their condition poses a common problem with a common solution – the regular consumption of drugs and pills. Chiropractic provides an alternative solution.

Research from a recent study noted that nervous system care positively affected symptoms that included headaches and other health challenges by simply empowering the body to function in a state of maximum efficiency.

Research from June of 2018 showed that Chiropractic adjustments helped people suffering from frequent headaches for more than two years by reducing stress in the autonomic nervous system. Additional benefits included a reduction in feelings of sadness and bouts of extreme low moods. Even thoughts of death and suicide lowered during the study. Physical therapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese therapy, and six months of various drug treatments represented other forms of care utilized by headache sufferers. None compared to the effectiveness of Chiropractic care. Six months of chiropractic spinal care resulted in the alleviation of headache pain, depressive symptoms, and the need for medications.

Chiropractic does not pursue the treatment or cure for symptoms and conditions, including those experienced during headaches. The benefits of Chiropractic originate from removing interference from the nervous system through gentle and precise adjustments to the spine. The immense intelligence contained in the body always strives for health, adaptation, and balance. Symptoms occur largely due to interference in the body’s communication system. A predominant form of interference in the nervous system comes from misaligned spinal bones and limited mobility.

An estimated 80-90% of the population suffer from headaches at some point in their life, with over 15% of people experiencing headaches during a given moment in the day. Drug therapy tends to be the short-term form of treatment sought by people experiencing headaches. Research shows that long term benefits in both physical and mental health result from the healing and restoration stemming from scientifically proven spinal adjustments administered by Chiropractors. People deserve to know, understand, and experience the benefits of Chiropractic care. A healthier normal begins with Chiropractic care.

Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care May-June 2018
“Long-term relief from tension-type headache and major depression following chiropractic treatment.” Eric Chun Pu Chu and Michelle Ng

Pain Research On Natural Solutions For Migraine Sufferers…

The coronavirus pandemic continues to create headaches. Literally. Neurologists around the country report seeing more patients complaining about intense migraines over the course of the last six months. Stress usually gets blamed for headache issues, but other factors play a significant role.

Changing routines and the environment also represent key factors for increased migraine severity. Migraine sufferers tend to be wired with brains that like things to be stable and regular. But with the pandemic, things have been anything but regular. Sleep schedules, work environments, stress levels, exercise routines, and school represent just a few of the major deviations from normal.

Increased screen time during confinement also serves as a major migraine trigger. Being on a phone or laptop all day causes increased muscle tension in the neck and shoulders resulting in tension headaches that trigger migraines. Working from home increases many risk factors that trigger migraine headaches. So many variables come into consideration for migraine sufferers attempting to avoid an attack or reduce the severity or longevity of pain.

Migraines comprise the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting 12% of the US population. Nearly 40 million Americans and a billion people worldwide suffer from migraines. That equates to one in seven people living with regular migraines. Migraines rank as the second-most-debilitating disease on the planet, second only to back pain. Greater than 20% of chronic migraine sufferers classify as disabled and the likelihood of disability increases with the number of associated conditions.

Research published in 2015 determined that proper spinal health care produced better migraine relief than people relying only migraine medications. Medical doctors usually prescribe drugs for migraine sufferers without awareness or exploration of the published research revealing other safer and effective solutions. A false assumption occurs when people begin to associate relief with pharmaceutical drugs. The 2015 study showed that patients who received upper cervical, manual adjustive care reduced their drug consumption by 80%, decreased their days of migraines per month by 97%, and improved pain and functional disability associated with migraines by 100%.

Migraine sufferers represent some of the toughest people on the planet because they have learned to deal with an excruciating form of pain. Small improvements deliver big payoffs for those who have suffered for many years. Chiropractic care provides a unique natural strategy for helping migraine sufferers address the cause of their problem without dangerous side effects from medications or surgery. Stress serves as a major contributor to the exacerbation of migraine headaches. Chiropractic care helps migraine sufferers better cope with the stress of the pandemic through regular, gentle adjustments that engage the nervous system to better adapt to the stressors that trigger headaches. People seeking relief from migraines know that chiropractic works.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine January 2015
Clinical effectiveness of osteopathic treatment in chronic migraine: 3-Armed randomize controlled trial.”
Francesco Cerritelli, Liana Ginevri, Gabriella Messi, Emanuele Caprari, Marcello Di Vincenzo, Cinzia Renzetti, Vincenzo Cozzolino, Gina Barlafante, Nicoletta Foschi, Leandro Provinciali

An old adage instructs that good things come to those who wait. Waiting to make health care choices proves to be a major exception to the time-honored virtue of patience. Dental checkups, mammograms, prostate exams and physicals help detect problems early or address them before they turn into a larger problem. New research proves the value of early intervention to address back and sciatica pain.

Human beings tend to treat problems reactively rather than visualize problems on the horizon.  Preventative care and proactive of health decisions represent some of the smartest and most cost-effective approaches for the whole family. The brain tends to address issues of immediate concern. The brain usually waits (reactively) until pain presents before calling attention to a health issue. Too often the problem existed for a previous time and could have been addressed to a healthier end.

Compelling research published in October 2020 showed that early intervention proved to be an essential ingredient in achieving long-term health satisfaction. Improvements in functional disability, pain intensity, and overall satisfaction resulted for people who sought early therapy and manual care intervention compared to people who waited or elected to use drug-therapy. The standard medical process for people with back pain and sciatica usually involves drug therapy to mask the pain while waiting to see if the problem progresses. This reactive approach risks greater long-term expenditure and the dangers of regular use of powerful pharmaceuticals. The wait and see approach combined with pain medication acknowledges a problem exists but does nothing to repair, fix, or heal the issue but rather allows the condition to persist.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy interventions help address problems before they become bigger and more permanent. Chiropractors use objective and specialized testing to determine the location and extent of a problem that needs to be addressed. America prescribes more prescription drugs than any country in the world. That reality contrasts with parents and families making a conscious decision to raise children and pursue health choices that do not involve dependency or need for medications. Chiropractic and physical therapeutic healthcare continue to gain momentum and popularity because of research that reveals the benefits of working with the body and honoring its ability to heal itself. When it comes to health care, good things come to those who don’t wait.


Annals of Internal Medicine January 2021 Physical Therapy Referral From Primary Care for Acute Back Pain With Sciatica : A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Julie M Fritz, Elizabeth Lane, Molly McFadden, Gerard Brennan, John S Magel, Anne Thackeray, Kate Minick, Whitney Meier, Tom Greene

The benefits of chiropractic go far beyond simply alleviating back and neck pain. Research, medical science, and 120 years of chiropractic testimonies combine to produce millions of elated patients across the globe. While chiropractic continues to evolve into one of the top five health professions in the world, many medical doctors and mainstream medical instruction remain unaware of the research and science behind all the momentum. The short- and long-term benefits that chiropractic adjustments provide for people of all ages continues to be proven with growing archives of evidence and outcomes.

Important nutrients triggered by the brain through proper alignment and movement of the spine help explain the vast array of benefits experienced by chiropractic patients. A study published in 2011 explained that a specialized group of hormones play a significant role in why chiropractic adjustments achieve such significant health results. Hormones serve as chemical messengers that release directly into the blood and travel to organs and tissues to direct function and performance. Any intervention that influences hormones will powerfully and directly influence all bodily functions ranging from sleep and fertility to digestion and metabolism. Optimal health and performance only occurs when hormones maintain balance and coordination.

Research published in 2009 from Johns Hopkins University listed a group of conditions linked directly to the increase of a specific hormone called noradrenaline. The list included: cancer, bipolar disorder, excessive body weight, hypertension, type 1 autoimmune diabetes, type 2 diabetes, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and immune system function. One of the more notable symptoms linked to increased noradrenaline levels came in the form of excessive weight gain.

Conversely, many patients of both genders experienced some form of weight loss after starting chiropractic care. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments help restore hormonal balance and produce favorable health changes ranging from weight loss to improved overall body function. Chiropractic delivers much more than relief from back or neck pain. Balanced hormones through the power of an adjustment helps maximize every lifestyle and health change adopted by a patient. 

Chiropractic helps balance a person’s hormones by reducing central nervous system dysfunction that exists due to subtle misaligned vertebral stress points in the spine. Science and research indicate that chiropractic adjustments lower stress hormones while helping coordinate and balance other chemical messengers through improved brain and organ function. Chiropractors remain intent on educating the world about the dangerous health conditions that begin forming by improper spinal mechanics and bad posture. Adjustments help maximize body function and can be utilized to improve health and performance for family members of all ages. A healthier tomorrow begins with chiropractic.


Autonomic and Autacoid Pharmacology October 2009 “Is elevated noradrenaline an aetiological factor in a number of diseases? PJ Fitzgerald
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Nov-Dec 2011 “Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain.”
Takeshi Ogura 1Manabu TashiroMehedi MasudShoichi WatanukiKatsuhiko ShibuyaKeiichiro YamaguchiMasatoshi ItohHiroshi FukudaKazuhiko Yanai