Why has chiropractic been a blessing to millions of headache sufferers? The reason may be that most headache sufferers appear to have a VSC. For example, one study of 6,000 long-term headache sufferers (two to 25 years) revealed that neck injury (whiplash, falls) was the most important factor in the cause of the headache and should be suspected in every nonspecific case of headache. And subluxation correction has powerful effects. In a randomized controlled trial performed at the University of Odense, Denmark, those under chiropractic care decreased their use of painkillers by 36% and the number of headache hours per day decreased by 69%. Headaches affect children too. For example, a 10-year-old girl with chronic, severe migraine (6 times a week for the past 3 years) was unable to go to school due to the severity of her condition. Neurologists could not help her. A chiropractic examination revealed a VSC in her upper neck. After her third adjustment she was off her pain medications and by the third week she was back in school, started dance classes for the first time in 2 years "and actually began to smile again. She was leading a normal and healthy life for a child her age by the end of the 5th visit."
A 13-year-old boy who was hurt in a football game was in terrible pain and had to wear dark glasses and earplugs to compensate for increased sensitivity to sound and light. Medical doctors had given the child painkillers and had him hospitalized in traction for two weeks with no improvement. After his first chiropractic adjustment he could ride home without wearing his sunglasses and for the first time in two weeks expressed an interest in food. In another study patients who received only chiropractic care showed significant improvement, on a par with those given a powerful prescription drug (though without the side effects). The headache index from a diary kept by each patient, showed chiropractic to have reduced the severity and frequency of headaches as well or better than the combined therapy or the drug alone (with none of the side effects). These studies and clinical reports are just a few examples of the many cases of headache that respond well to chiropractic and spinal care.