Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology: A Comprehensive Solution for Migraines

Migraines not only inflict intense, throbbing pain, but they can significantly disrupt the lives of those who frequently suffer from them. Traditional treatments often focus on medication, but for those seeking a holistic approach, chiropractic care can be a viable option. Let's delve into how chiropractic care addresses migraines and the research that supports it.

Spinal Manipulation and Migraines

In the world of chiropractic care, spinal manipulation is a key practice. This noninvasive technique, known as a chiropractic adjustment, can be applied traditionally or through a gentle device called the Arthrostim.  Research has indicated that spinal manipulations can decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines.

A study carried out by Migraine Research Foundation ratified these claims, concluding that 22% of migraine sufferers who sought chiropractic help experienced more than a 90% reduction of attacks .

Stress Management and Lifestyle Advice

Stress often acts as a potent migraine trigger. A study in the journal 'Headache' found that stress leads to increased migraine incidence.  Applied Kinesiology offers effective techniques via treatment of acupoints and neurovascular stress receptors to encourage reduced physiologic responses to stress.

Applied Kinesiology also employs muscle testing to see if food or environmental chemicals may be contributing to migraine triggers.  

Additional Therapies

In addition to the above therapies, Dr..John W Phelts also utilizes the G5 Cellutec Swedish massage machine.  These therapies work in conjunction to provide a holistic treatment plan. For example, a systematic review in The Clinical Journal of Pain found therapeutic massage can be helpful in treating chronic pain, like migraines.


While the effectiveness of chiropractic and applied kinesiology care may vary from person to person, the evidence suggests that it can certainly be an effective part of a comprehensive migraine treatment plan. Of course, it is crucial to consult with a trusted healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment plan.

Regardless, by taking a natural approach to manage migraines, individuals can potentially reduce their reliance on medications and begin enjoying their lives without the constant threat of a migraine attack.

Dr. John W Phelts DC (Chiropractor and certified Applied Kinesiologist)

124 E 40TH ST, Suite 301
New York, NY 10016



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July 24, 2023