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Some headaches and migraines respond well to chiropractic care. To find out more, read on.

It is unusual for a new patient to book in simply because of headaches. More usually, they book in with something else, and mention their headaches as an aside. They’re often pleasantly surprised to find that when we address their spinal function, their headaches clear up as well. Why does that happen? And could it happen to you?

Secondary headaches

First of all, discount the possibility that you’re suffering from ‘secondary headaches’, caused by some other disorder. These might include dehydration, needing glasses or a change in glasses prescription, eye strain from computers, diabetes, or sinus problems.

Other kinds of headaches. The most common are generally split into 3 categories: tension-type, migraine, and cervicogenic.

  • Tension type headaches feel like a tight band around your head and are often aggravated by stress.
  • Migraine is characterized by an intense throbbing in the head and may be associated with nausea and visual disturbances.
  • Cervicogenic headache arises from problems with neck function. It’s easy to understand how chiropractic can ease this type of headache, given that it’s associated with postural strain.

However, Research has shown that these three headache types can overlap with one another. This might explain the reviews on our testimonials page from grateful migraine sufferers. The body is an integrated mechanism, and when we work to lessen the strain it’s under, healing can occur in surprising places.

What does the chiropractor do?

By analyzing the spine and posture I identify the joints that are restricted and the muscles that are under strain. It is common to find forward head posture where the neck angles forward rather than above your shoulders. Combine the heavy weight of the head with this poor posture, and the muscles at the back of the neck have to work overtime. I then help people to restore the function of their spine through chiropractic adjustments, exercise, postural and ergonomic advice.

What’s the evidence base?

Click here to read research showing that people with headaches respond positively to chiropractic treatment without having to resort to pain killers. This is because chiropractic is a natural approach that addresses the cause of the problem. If you’d like to book in at Hexham Family Chiropractic, you can request an appointment on the Contact Us page. If you live outside the Tynedale area, you might find our What makes a good chiropractor? page useful when choosing a practitioner near you.