Headache & Migraine

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Headaches caused by dysfunction in the neck (cervical spine) are very common and effectively treated with manual therapy.


Cervicogenic headaches usually start at the base of the skull and travel up and around the head towards the eye or the ear.


Tension-type headaches usually present as a tightness, or "band-like" compression around the top of the head. 

Cervicogenic and tension-type headaches can be very severe and mimic migraine-like symptoms including vision changes, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. They are commonly diagnosed as migraines. 

Cervicogenic and tension-type headaches are successfully treated with manual therapy such as Active Release Technique, IASTM, spinal manipulation, posture-correction, and ergonomic changes. 

Research shows:

-chiropractic care decreased headache frequency by 69% compared to 47% by massage (1)

-chiropractic care decreased headache frequency 32% more than usual medical care (2)

-chiropractic care decreased headache intensity 42% more than usual medical care (2)

-chiropractic care decreased over-the-counter medication usage 30% more than usual medical care (2)


(1) Bronfort et al (2001) Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 

(2) Boline et al (1995) Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.