Chiropractic vs. Drugs for Headaches - Which Is Best?

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Almost every person out there deals with headaches of some kind. They occur with different frequencies and different intensities. For some, headaches are a normal part of life, while for others it’s a once in a while thing. Some individuals have headaches that are manageable, and for others, headache pain can be completely unbearable. However, one thing is for sure: headaches are never a pleasant experience and everyone wants to figure out the quickest and best way to get rid of them as soon as they show up.

Is medicine the right choice? Or can chiropractic care provide equal or better relief from headaches? With neurologically-based chiropractic care by Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, you might be surprised by the results.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Relief

When a headache occurs, the first instinct of most people is to reach for medication from the cabinet or from their local store or pharmacy. In some cases, a headache can be bad enough that individuals seek out more advanced medical care or other more invasive solutions.  

No matter what short-term solution you try, if the cause of the headache is still present in the body, then the headache will likely return. For example, some headaches can be caused by a tightness or tension within the neck and shoulders, usually as a result of sitting in the same position for extended periods of time, such as office-related work. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with medication for immediate, short-term relief, it’s just a band aid on an otherwise serious issue. Thankfully, there are long-term solutions like Bentonville chiropractic that should be considered for headache relief.

In a case study of a woman in her 50s who had been suffering from monthly migraines for over 40 years, she sought out chiropractic care. Her migraines would usually last about 15 hours with a myriad of other side effects (including, but not limited to, vomiting, nausea, visual disturbances, and more). After receiving chiropractic adjustments, she was happily able to note complete relief from her migraines and the side effects she was experiencing. Even after 6 months after her last chiropractic adjustment, she still had not had a single episode with her crippling migraines.

Bentonville chiropractic care is important and effective because it gets to the root of the issue. The health of your spine attributes to various health conditions – or lack of them. Chiropractic focuses on the spine and looks for nerve interference, which inhibits communication between the brain and the body. An experienced Bentonville chiropractor like Dr. Tom Niemela can provide gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments to eliminate or reduce nerve interference. This corrects subluxations and can alleviate headaches and migraines for many people. When the spine is properly aligned, the nervous system can operate functionally as intended.

Find Headache Relief Today!

With Dr. Tom Niemela at Arbor Vitae Chiropractic, you’ll find long-term relief from your headaches and migraines through gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments. Contact us today by phone or email with any questions about chiropractic and headaches, or book an appointment today to start getting long-term relief from your headaches or migraines.




Chaibi, A., Tuchin, P.J. “Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Treatment of Migraine Headache of 40-Year Duration Using Gonstead Method: A Case Study.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2011 Sep; 10(3): 189-193.