In a compilation of research by J. Williams, DC, FIANM a study was documented where the treatment group showed a significant improvement in frequency, duration and medication use, following chiropractic adjustments.

The percentage of improvement is astounding.

This study was a randomized controlled trial period, lasting 6 months. The trial included three stages of data collection prior, during and after the study. Comparisons of the data were made at the end of 6 months for the Chiropractic Adjustment group as well as the Control group who weren’t adjusted.

There were 127 subjects were used in the study with ages ranging from 10 to 70 years old. Their migraines were diagnosed using the protocols put forth by the International Headache Society. Subjects were required to have experienced a minimum of 1 headache per month to have been accepted into the study. Subjects underwent 2 months of Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy which consisted of 16 treatments. The subjects completed detailed diaries throughout the treatment.


A majority of the subjects reported improvement in the migraines. Greater than 80% of participants reported high stress levels. It appears probably that chiropractic care has an effect on the physical conditions that relate to stress and that in these people the effects of the migraine are reduced.

22% had a greater than 90% reduction of migraines.

Tuchin PJ, e.a., A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine, Journal Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000. 23(2): p.91-95