Chiropractic Care for headaches

It has been estimated that prevalence among adults of a headache disorder (at least once within the last month) is about 50%. Up to 10% of the population has headaches on a daily basis. Among those individuals, 30% or more have reported migraine. (World Health Organization 2014)

What are headache disorders?

Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Headaches can come from a number of primary headache disorders, including migraines, tension-type headaches, and cluster headaches. They can also be caused by or occur secondarily to a long list of other conditions, the most common of which is medication-overuse headache. (1)

According to the ACA, research shows that spinal adjustments – one of the primary forms of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – is an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multi-modal approach to neck pain had been used. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments, improves migraine and headaches that originate in the neck. (2)

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Types of headache disorders


  • recurring attacks of moderate or severe intensity

  • one-sided

  • throbbing or pulsating pain

  • seeing zig-zagging lines, flickering lights, or spots

  • partial blurry or vision loss

  • duration of hours for 2-3 days

  • heightened sensitivity to light, sound, and smell

  • nausea and vomiting is common

tension headaches

  • typically present as pressure or tightness, like a band around the head, sometimes spreading into or from the neck

  • sensitivity to light and sound

  • feeling of pressure behind the eyes

  • tenderness of the face, head, neck, and shoulders

  • usually last a few hours, but can persist for several days

  • may be stress-related or associated with musculoskeletal problems in the neck

  • other potential triggers: stress, dehydration, poor sleep, bad posture, eye strain

cluster headaches

  • usually sudden but extremely severe headache

  • frequently recurring, up to several times a day

  • intense burning or piercing pain behind or around one eye

  • tearing and redness of the eye

  • drooping/swollen eyelid

  • blocked/runny nose on the affected side

  • sensitivity to light and sound

  • restlessness or agitation

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Each patient’s needs are different and a thorough evaluation is completed before a recommended course of chiropractic care can be determined. If needed, high-resolution digital x-rays are taken onsite, personalized nutrition recommendations given, and specific exercises prescribed.


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