Chronic Headaches and Chiropractic


We’ve all been there before: the throbbing, pounding pain of a headache. Most of us only have to deal with them every now and then, but some people suffer from chronic headaches. Chronic headaches can effect and individuals work, relationships, and overall well-being. Here’s how chiropractic can help.

What Causes Headache Pain?

We see a great number of patients that are seeking relief from headache pain caused by tension headaches and migraines. In order to receive the right treatment, you should understand the difference. A tension headache starts in the neck and refers pain to the temples, jaw, and the middle of the back of the head. Tension headaches can cause intense pain and pounding, and they respond well to chiropractic care.

Many people are under the false impression that if a headache is severe, it is automatically a migraine. Migraines are actually a special type of headache with vascular and/or neurological components. Did you know a person can suffer from a migraine without even having a headache? Some symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, weird spots floating in the visual field, and even problems with speech. Severe migraines can even have the appearance of strokes. Depending on the type of migraine a person is suffering from, what triggered it, and how severe it is, they often respond to chiropractic.

Headache Pain Relief and Chiropractic

At Bird Chiropractic, we will carefully and gently improve the alignment of the spine and the natural curve of the neck, which can help sufferers find relief from pain caused by headaches. Chiropractic care even encourages the bones of the spine to move better. When this happens, the nerves that control your muscles and come out of the spine will work more effectively. This will allow normal muscle tone to return, and muscles that may have been spasming before an adjustment can start to relax. Muscle spasms refer pain to your head, and when that happens, a trigger point is developed. A trigger point is a knot in the muscles that will refer pain to other places, and can happen anywhere in the body. Tension headaches are commonly a result of trigger points in the upper back, shoulders, and neck.

If you are looking for relief form chronic headaches, contact our practice for a consultation and we will help you on your journey to wellness.