The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. Below are just a few conditions that research shows chiropractic can help.

Headaches (general)

Stude DE, Sweere JJ. “A holistic approach to severe headache symptoms in a patient unresponsive to regional manual therapy.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 19 (3): 202-207 (Mar 1996).

Tension-type headaches

Vernon HT. “The effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of headache: an exploration in the literature.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 18 (9): 611-617 (Nov 1995).

Neck pain

Dabbs V, Lauretti WJ. “A risk assessment of cervical manipulation vs NSAIDs for the treatment of neck pain.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996; 18 (8) 530-6.

Neck pain and headaches

Hurwitz EL, Aker PD, Adams AH, Meeker WC, Shekelle PG. “Manipulation and mobilization of the cervical spine. A systematic review of the literature.” Spine 21 (15): 1746-1759 (Aug 1 1996).

Torticollis (wry neck)

Toto BJ. “Chiropractic correction of congenital muscular torticollis.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 16 (8): 556-559 (Oct 1993).

Low back pain

Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Townsend J, Frank AO. “Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment.” BMJ 300 (6737): 1431-1437 (Jun 2 1990).

Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Frank AO. “Randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain: results from extended follow up.” BMJ 311 (7001): 349-351 (Aug 5 1995).

Triano JJ, McGregor M, Hondras MA, Brennan PC. “Manipulative therapy versus education programs in chronic low back pain.” Spine 20 (8): 948-955 (Apr 15 1995).

Pregnancy-induced low back pain & sciatica

Chalker, Harold. “Spinal compensations of Pregnancy.” The American Chiropractor, May/June 1993; 23-26.

Howe, Claudia Anrig. “Scientific Ramifications for providing pre-natal and neonate chiropractic care.” The American Chiropractor, May/June 1993; 20-24.

Daly JM, Frame PS, Rapoza PA. “Sacroiliac subluxation: a common treatable cause of low back pain in pregnancy.” Fam Prac Res J 1991;11(2):149-159.

Fallon, Joan. “Chiropractic and Pregnancy. A Partnership for the future.” ICA Internation review of chiropractic, Nov 1990; 39-42.

Esch, Sue and Zachary Zachman. “Adjustive Procedures for the pregnant chiropractic patient.” Chiropractic Technique, Vol 3, No. 2, 1991; 66-71.

Fligg, Bruce. “Biomechanical and treatment considerations for the pregnant patient.” Journal of the CCA, Vol 30, No. 3, Sept 1986; 145-147.

Penna, Mariangela. “Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care.” ACA Journal of Chiropractic, Nov 1989; 31-33.

Pain associated with PMS

Kokjohn K, Schmid DM, Triano JJ, Brennan PC. “The effect of spinal manipulation on pain and prostaglandin levels in women with primary dysmenorrhea.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 15 (5): 279-285 (Jun 1992).

Otitis media (ear infections)

Froehle RM. “Ear infection: a retrospective study examining improvement from chiropractic care and analyzing for influencing factors.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 19 (3): 169-177 (Mar 1996).

FYSH, PN. “Chronic Recurrent Otitis Media: Case Series of Five Patients With Recommendations for Case Management.” Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics 1996 . 1(2). pp 66.

Infantile colic

Pluhar GR; Schobert PD. “Vertebral Subluxation and Colic: A Case Study.” J Chiro Research and Clin Invest 1991; 7(3):75-6.

Nilsson N. “Infant Colic And Chiropractic.” Eur J Chiropr 1985; 33(4): 264-265.

Klougart N, Nilsson N, Jacobsen J. “Infantile colic treated by chiropractors: a prospective study of 316 cases.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 12 (4): 281-288 (Aug 1989).


Bryner P, Staerker PG. “Indigestion and heartburn: a descriptive study of prevalence in persons seeking care from chiropractors.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 19 (5): 317-323 (Jun 1996).

Enuresis (bed wetting)

Blomerth PR. “Functional nocturnal enuresis.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 17 (5): 335-338 (1994).

Kreitz BG; Aker PD. “Nocturnal enuresis: treatment implications for the chiropractor.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1994 Sep;17(7):465-473.

Reed WR; Beavers S; Reddy SK; Kern G. “Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuresis” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1994; 17(9): 596-600.

Reed WR; Beavers S; Reddy SK; Kern G. “Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuretic children.” Proceedings Of The National Conference On Chiropractic & Pediatrics 1993 Oct. pp 64-82.

Leboeuf C; Brown P; Herman A; Leembruggen K; Walton D; Crisp TC. “Chiropractic Care of Children With Nocturnal Enuresis: A Prospective Outcome Study.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1991; 14(2):110-5.