Migraines, cervicogenic and tension headaches

Nearly all of us will suffer from occasional headaches, some more than others. Be they migraines, cervicogenic, tension headaches or some other kind of headache that are not caused by slightly too much wine the night before!

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined the structures responsible for certain types of headache include:

  • The Neck
  • The Scalp Muscles
  • The Brain Covering Sheath

Did you know… Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat chronic headaches and approximately 10% of all chiropractic patients attend for the treatment of headaches.

Migraines, cervicogenic and tension headaches can be caused by….

  • Dysfunction of the joints in the neck
  • Physical Trauma
  • Emotional Stress
  • Nutritional imbalance
  • Dehydration
  • Visual Strain

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However sometimes in rare cases, headaches and migraines, can be a sign of more serious problems so if you suffer from recurrent or chronic headaches it is often good to seek advice from your GP.

There are two types of headaches that chiropractors can treat.

  1. The first of which is tension headaches, these are caused by cramps or spasm in the muscles surrounding the skull.
  2. The second are neck (cervicogenic) headaches which are caused by problems of the joints and muscles in the neck referring the pain into the head.

Chiropractors can also help with the prevention of migraine (as long as the migraine has an affiliation with the joints and muscles of the neck), migraines which have triggers such as diet should be treated in an alternative method with the advice from your GP or other healthcare professional.

tension headache

How does chiropractic treatment help migraines, cervicogenic or tension headaches? Peter Heale explains, “chiropractors will use a variety of specific manipulation or adjustment techniques in order to stretch, relax, mobilise the neck joints, strengthen the neck muscles and remove any spinal irritation or tension.”


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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