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Chiropractic Care for Older Headache and Neck Pain Patients According To Dr. Timothy Harcourt at Coast Chiropractic Centers

Jul 13, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Neck pain and headaches are a leading cause of pain and suffering that affects hundreds of millions of seniors worldwide. Until recently, the use of chiropractic care for elderly adults with headaches and/or neck pain has been poorly understood. Let’s investigate the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the elderly who are affected by these conditions.

Questionnaires completed by 288 doctors of chiropractic revealed that close to a third (28.5%) of their caseload are patients over the age of 65, of which 45.5% presented with neck pain and 31.3% had a co-morbid headache. For these patients, treatment typically consisted of a combination of physical (exercise training, traction, e-stim and/or ultrasound) and manual therapy treatments (spinal manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapies, and/or massage) applied to the thoracic and cervical spinal regions. On average, patients required nine visits to achieve a satisfactory outcome; however, migraine patients usually required two additional visits, on average.

The authors concluded that the chiropractors surveyed used well-established conservative techniques to effectively manage neck pain in the elderly population. Additionally, the researchers note that 82% of the patients in the study utilized at least one additional health service to help manage their condition.

A 2017 collaborative study between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the “Lifting the Burden” campaign emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of patients with headaches. Indeed, the study cited that patients have a “clear preference” for the use of complementary and alternative treatments for headaches, of which spinal manipulation is listed as a highly effective treatment strategy. Other studies have noted that chiropractors are one of the most common provider types for patients with migraines, and nearly a third of such patients seek out chiropractic care.

While this article mainly focuses on chiropractic care for the management of neck pain and headache in older adults, patients of all ages can benefit from a multimodal approach that includes manual therapies, specific exercises, nutrition recommendations, etc. to restore normal motion to the neck, shoulders, and upper back to reduce pain and disability.

So, if you are experiencing headaches and type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my brain or neck.” Also, if you feel arm pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck.  Some people have a feeling of their “head aching.”

What type of headache is it to include tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraine headaches, sinus headaches, or toxic headaches? 

Regardless of the type, it can leave you feeling exhausted fatigued, nauseous, and even depressed. Some get severe pain behind the eyes.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.


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