Simple Solutions: Can Chiropractic Care Help With Headaches and Migraines

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The world around you blurs as a sickening pressure tightens around your skull. The merest hint of light sears into your brain, and every beat of your heart sends a throb of pain echoing through your head. This may sound like an excerpt from a horror story to the unfamiliar. To those who suffer migraines, it’s an all-too-familiar experience. 

According to research published in JAMA, more than 10% of the world’s population suffers from headaches and migraines. Beyond the pain and discomfort, headaches and migraines can profoundly impact your quality of life.

Headaches and migraines are always unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you have no control over them. Below, you’ll find clear and easy-to-follow advice that may help you on the path to relief from migraines.

Headaches vs Migraines: What’s the Difference?

Many people use these terms interchangeably since both involve head pain. However, headaches and migraines are distinct conditions with unique symptoms, causes, and severity. Let’s take a look at these distinctions so you have a clearer understanding of what you’re dealing with.


Headaches are like spam emails—no one wants them, but they’re incredibly common, and we all have to deal with them at some point. Like spam emails, headaches differ significantly in severity, location, and frequency. Unfortunately, unlike spam emails, you can’t simply delete them and move on.

Often caused by stress, anxiety, muscle strain, and eyestrain, headaches usually occur on both sides of the head and range from mild to severe intensity. While the headache experience can differ from person to person, symptoms typically include some or all of the following:

  • Mild to severe pain in the head or face 
  • The feeling may be constant or intermittent, sharp or dull
  • Usually felt on both sides of the head
  • Often described as a tight pressure rather than a throbbing
  • Often accompanied by soreness in temples, neck, or shoulder muscles


Unlike regular headaches, migraines are classified as a neurological disorder. Migraines typically involve recurrent moderate to severe head pain that’s usually felt unilaterally (i.e. on one side of the head). Multiple factors can be at play when a migraine occurs, including (but not limited to) genetic predispositions and environmental triggers. Migraines often come with a suite of other unpleasant effects, which may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Pain that throbs or pulses
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Though scientists still don’t fully understand the underlying mechanisms of migraines, recent research has revealed new genetic risk factors. For instance, a large genetic study identified more than 120 regions of the genome that appear connected to the risk of migraine. Unfortunately, these studies haven’t yet revealed anything migraine sufferers can do to alleviate their condition. However, they are paving the way for developing new medicines and more personalised treatment approaches.

As an individual, your best bet is to target lifestyle factors within your control. The big three are: 

  1. Stress
  2. Dietary choices
  3. Physical activity levels

Your genetics may contribute in a way you simply can’t control. However, these lifestyle elements play significant roles in the development and frequency of migraines and headaches. Managing them can be an effective strategy for reducing the frequency and severity of these distressing conditions.

Can a Chiropractor Help with Headaches and Migraines?

Research suggests that chiropractic treatments may offer effective relief for migraine sufferers. For example, a 2011 study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that, for some patients, chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy is as effective as medications like topiramate and propranolol in preventing and managing migraines. 

More recently, a 2019 study published in Global Advances in Integrative Medicine and Health showed statistically significant improvements in the intensity, duration, and frequency of headaches and migraines following chiropractic interventions. Specifically, this study found patients had improved outcomes when given a comprehensive treatment plan that combined neurological care with chiropractic treatment.

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found chiropractic adjustments led to significant improvements in migraine frequency and intensity. The researchers theorised that the stress relief provided by chiropractic adjustments for migraines played a crucial role in alleviating symptoms. 

These findings reveal the enormous potential of chiropractic care as a non-pharmacological approach to headache and migraine management. Chiropractors offer a safe and drug-free alternative for anyone seeking relief from chronic headaches and migraines. As demonstrated by a study published in the European Journal of Neurology, the relief provided by chiropractic care can also be long-lasting. 

Perhaps most importantly, chiropractic care is founded on a holistic approach to health. This means your chiropractor won’t just treat symptoms. Instead, we address underlying musculoskeletal issues that could be contributing to migraine and headache symptoms. From helping you improve your posture to alleviating muscle tension, we can approach the problem from multiple angles, helping you find relief that sticks. 

Chiropractic Adjustments for Migraines

As always, more research is needed to confirm the results chiropractors are achieving in our clinics. However, based on the research cited above and our patients’ experience, we’re confident that chiropractic care can be a crucial part of the treatment regime for headaches and migraines. Our chiropractors employ non-invasive techniques to manipulate the spine and alleviate pressure on the nervous system. By correcting spinal alignment and addressing muscular imbalances, chiropractic adjustments for migraines and headaches can reduce frequency and severity.

Complementary Treatment Options

In addition to chiropractic care, several other treatment options exist for managing headaches and migraines. These may include: 

  • Over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Stress management techniques
  • Treatments like acupuncture and massage therapy

It’s within your power to reduce headache and migraine symptoms and restore your quality of life by combining multiple approaches. However, you must work closely with healthcare professionals who can develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle preferences. 

Chiropractor treating a patient suffering from headache and migraine

Finding Relief from Headaches and Migraines

Are you hoping for a life where headaches and migraines no longer dictate your daily routine? With chiropractic care, this could be your reality.

Our experienced chiropractors are ready to guide you on this journey. We use proven techniques to enhance flexibility, reduce discomfort, and improve your overall spinal health. We’ll conduct comprehensive testing and design a treatment plan tailored to your unique symptoms, health goals, and lifestyle.

So, if you’re looking for a chiropractor for migraines or headaches, call us at (03) 9118-0619 or book your appointment online. With the right strategies, you can overcome the burden of these painful conditions and reclaim your vitality and sense of well-being.

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