Headaches – What Are They?


The causes of headaches are numerous, but Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be very effective in the treatment of certain types of headaches!

But what type of  headaches can Chiropractic treatment help with?

Chiropractic treatment can help with headaches where the pain typically develops in the neck, although the pain is felt in the head.  These types of headache are called cervicogenic headaches.  They are secondary headaches and are often caused by an underlying condition such as a neck injury!  They are different from primary headaches such as migraines and cluster headaches, but often get misdiagnosed.  Your Chiropractor is trained in identifying the different types and causes of headaches, to ensure you get the correct treatment!


Commonly people who have these types of  headaches experience a headache accompanied by neck pain and stiffness.  Some neck movements can provoke the headache.  Typically they develop on one side of the head, starting from the back of the head and neck and then radiating into the front.

Common symptoms include;

  • Pain and stiffness of the neck
  • Pain around the eyes
  • A reduced range of motion in the neck
  • Pain on one side of the face and head
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the neck, shoulder or arm on one side

So what causes this type of  headache?

They usually result from structural problems in the neck.  Sometimes it is work related for example any job that involves straining of the neck such as hairdressers, manual labourers and drivers.

Another cause of this type of headache is direct trauma or injury to the neck such as whiplash or arthritis of the upper spine.

How can Chiropractic treatment help?

These headaches often don’t improve with medication and spinal manipulated is recommended.  The aims of treatment include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to pain relief.

If you are suffering from headaches and are not sure what treatment to seek – pop along to your Chiropractor or contact a member of our team on Luton (01582) 579687 or Hitchin (01462) 420077, alternatively e-mail us on hitchin@healesclinics.com, luton@healesclinics.com


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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