Headaches and Migraines


The pain experienced with headaches varies. It might range from a dull ache around the front, top and sides of the head to the severe throbbing pain associated with migraines. Other unwelcome symptoms of a headache or migraine include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

Headaches can result when the spinal bones in the neck aren’t supporting the head properly. Imbalances in the neck joints can affect nerves, muscles and even the blood supply to your head.

The International Headache Society released the International Classification of Headache Disorders in 2005 (2nd edition) which discussed the 12 most common causes of and types of headaches. The two most common types of headaches are:


Migraine is a common disabling primary headache disorder and is now ranked as number 19 among all diseases world-wide causing disability by the World Health Organisation. Typically, they last 4-72 hours, are unilateral (one side of the head), have a pulsating quality, have moderate or severe intensity, are aggravated by routine physical activity and there is an association with nausea, photophobia (aversion to light) and phonophobia (aversion to loud sounds). Chiropractic treatment can significantly help to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches.

Cervicogenic headaches

These headaches describe a chronic pain in the head that is referred to the head from either bony structures or soft tissues of the neck. Neck pain is a common symptom to arise with these types of headaches but is not always present. Patients who experience cervicogenic headaches often feel almost instant relief after chiropractic treatment.

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