Headaches and Chiropractic

Headaches are normal right? And we just have to put up with them? . . .

WRONG!! Studies have shown that roughly a third of all people suffer from headaches. So yes they are common, but no they are not normal.

A headache (Cephalgia) is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It is one of the most common locations of pain in the body. A headache can be caused by many different conditions of the head and neck. The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain as it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of pain-sensitive structures around the brain.

As many as 45 million people suffer from chronic and/or severe headaches that seriously interfere with their lives.

Signs and Symptoms
; headaches vary in intensity and have different symptoms.

  • Pain in the head
  • Visual impairment (blurred vision)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hearing impairment
  • Confusion
  • Discomfort
  • Irratability

What can cause headaches?

The causes are many; spinal misalignment-nerve irritation/interferences, certain foods, toxic fumes, preservatives and alcohol. Spinal misalignments (*subluxations) are shown to be involved in up to 80% of all headaches.

Does you child frequently complain about having a headache?

The problem with headaches in children, however, is that they may be more difficult to diagnose in terms of cause and effect. This is especially true with younger children, because they frequently lack the verbal skills or experience to effectively communicate what is wrong or what they are feeling.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache found in children (just like in adults) and usually involve about 75% of all childhood headaches. Triggers may be lack of sleep, tension in the home or school environment, second-hand cigarette smoke, skipped meals, poor nutrition, eye strain and bright lights.

Migraine-type headaches, though more infrequent, also affect children and if a parent suffers from migraines, their child is 50% more likely to experience them as well.

Migraine triggers include foods, such as chocolate and caffeine, lack of sleep, missed meals and, particularly in females, hormonal changes.


How Chiropractic helps

What do you do when you suffer a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Your spine protects your nervous system, which starts with the brain and becomes the spinal cord. When the vertebrae in your neck are unable to move properly, it irritates or puts pressure on the nerves in that area. This can cause headaches. Chiropractic care addresses the cause of many types of headaches and therefore they are capable of removing or dramatically reducing the occurrence and frequency of these headaches, because they are usually due to *subluxations in the spine. They achieve this by performing Chiropractic adjustments to remove pressure on the nerves, which then also helps to improve nerve function.

On a study conducted by the government of New Zealand it found that the majority of people who suffered from spinal misalignments had their headaches relieved or their condition improved through Chiropractic care.


If you know someone who numbs their body with drugs, trying to stop the pain from their headaches, urge them to give us a call so we can determine the underlying cause of their headaches, to help them live a pain-free and drug-free life.

*Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.

Elster, E. (2003) Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Patient with Chronic Migraine Headaches with an Appendix Summarizing an Additional 100 Headache Cases. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2003, 1-10.

Mason, T. & Alcantara, J. (2019) Resolution of Headaches & Enuresis in a Child Undergoing Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report & Review of Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic, 2019, 41-43.