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Headaches and Chiropractic

Headaches and Chiropractic

Almost three-fourths (3/4) of adults have experienced headaches in the past year, and many of them are considered disabling.

According to the World Health Organization, collective headache disorders which includes migraines, cervicogenic headaches, tension headaches and medication-overuse headaches, are the third highest cause worldwide of years lost to disability.

headaches and chiropractic

This means that not only are headache sufferers in pain, but they also have a lower quality of life and are forced to miss work. In addition, people who suffer from a chronic headache disorder are more likely to also have anxiety and depression.

Many people turn to Acetaminophen or Tylenol, with side effects of nausea, stomach pain, itching, headache, rash; or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil, which has side effects that include upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, headache and dizziness.

But many studies have found that a safer and more effective option could be seeing a chiropractor. A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involving 683 patients1 with chronic headaches evaluated chiropractic adjustments for chronic headaches through a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. The study found that adjustments have a better effect than massage on cervicogenic headaches and are comparable to prescription medications for tension-type and migraine headaches.

In another study2 specifically evaluating how migraines respond to adjustments, a group of 87 patients diagnosed with common or classical migraines reported an average of 90% reduction in frequency and 38% reduction in duration of each migraine episode.

Many other studies have been performed over the years with similar findings of headache symptoms decreasing after seeing a chiropractor.

Although headaches can have multiple causes, many are related to muscle tension in the neck. This is why chiropractors are frequently able to help. Especially in today’s world with too much technology leading to cervical postural imbalances, chiropractors are able to help identify and correct postural misalignments, and ease joint irritation and muscle tension.

In addition to performing spinal manipulation, chiropractors can also offer advice on posture, ergonomics and exercises. In the case that we are not able to help, we can also make any necessary referrals to pain management doctors or neurologists.

So before risking side effects of medication, give us a call!


1 Bronfort G, Assendelft WJ, Evans R, Haas M, Bouter L., “Efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic headache: a systematic review,” J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2001 Sep;24(7):457-66.last accessed 7/4/2018

Chiropractic and Migraines: What the Research Tells Us by Dr. Steve Tulliuslast accessed 7/4/2018

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.