Cluster Headaches and Chiropractic
Resolution of Cluster Headaches in a Female Using Koren Specific Technique (KST): A Case Report John Foley DC Bio & Donald Tew DC Bio
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 9, 2011 ~ Pages 3-8
Objective: This case study reports on a female patient suffering from cluster headaches who was successfully treated with the Koren Specific Technique.
Clinical Features: A forty seven year old female with subluxations and a diagnosis of cluster headaches presented with complaints of headaches and neck stiffness that began two years prior to seeking chiropractic treatment. Originally diagnosed with migraine, drug therapy for that failed. This delay of proper treatment left her with feelings of hopelessness, despair, and thoughts of suicide.
Interventions and Outcomes: The patient was adjusted with the Koren Specific Technique (KST). The patient was adjusted three times per week for the first four weeks and then on an average of once a week for four months. After five months of care her headaches resolved and she was able return to a normal life style.
Conclusion: The formulation of a proper diagnosis and implementing appropriate treatment protocols for the various types of headaches is important. Delay in proper recognition of a specific type of headache may lead to a delay in proper care. In this case of a patient with cluster headaches, the patient responded well to chiropractic intervention. More research on Koren Specific Technique, subluxation reduction and its role in amelioration of headaches is warranted.