Suffering Recurring Headaches or Migraines? Our Stoke Chiropractor Explains How Chiropractic May Help

chiropractic care for headaches and migraineHeadaches and migraines are common ailments that affect millions of people worldwide, often disrupting daily life and diminishing overall well-being. At City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke, our chiropractors frequently encounter patients seeking relief from these debilitating conditions.

In many instances, patients have been suffering recurring headaches or migraines for many years with the only solution being to take painkillers or a combination of other drugs to alleviate the pain.  However, while these treatments may alleviate the pain they do not resolve the underlying cause of the pain.

Chiropractic care can provide natural, drug-free pain relief, for certain types of headaches and migraines. Identifying the type of headache or migraine you are suffering is the first step to receiving the treatment that is right for you.

In this post our Stoke chiropractor covers the difference between headaches and migraines and the how chiropractic can help to certain types.


Understanding Headaches vs. Migraines

Before delving into treatment, it’s essential to distinguish between headaches and migraines. While both can cause significant discomfort, their underlying mechanisms and symptoms differ significantly.


Headaches are often characterised by a steady, aching pain that can affect various parts of the head. They are typically divided into primary and secondary headaches:

Primary Headaches: These include tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines (though migraines are often considered separately due to their unique nature).

Secondary Headaches: These result from another condition, such as sinus infections, high blood pressure, or trauma.



Migraines, on the other hand, are a neurological condition marked by intense, throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. Migraines are often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last from a few hours to several days and are typically classified into different types:

Migraine with Aura: Characterised by visual disturbances or other sensory changes before the onset of pain.

Migraine without Aura: The most common type, occurring without the sensory disturbances.

Chronic Migraine: Occurring 15 or more days per month.

Silent Migraine: Exhibiting migraine aura symptoms without the headache.


Types of Headaches

To tailor chiropractic care effectively, it’s important to recognise the various common types of headaches.

Tension-Type Headaches:

The most common form, often described as a band-like pressure around the head. They are usually triggered by stress, poor posture, or muscle tension.

Cervicogenic Headaches:

These occur when pain is referred from a specific source in the neck up to the head, often with pain on one side of the neck, head and/or face.

Cluster Headaches:

Severe headaches that occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, often around one eye or one side of the head. They are less common but extremely painful.

Sinus Headaches:

Caused by sinus infections, leading to pain in the forehead, cheeks, and nose.

Rebound Headaches:

Result from overuse of pain relief medications.


How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to managing headaches and migraines, focusing on the root cause rather than merely alleviating symptoms.

Understanding, and getting a diagnosis, of which type of headache or migraine you have is key to getting the right treatment for yourself. However, it is not always a straightforward process as you may be suffering from more than one type at different times.

The three main types of headaches that may respond to chiropractic care are:

  1. Cervicogenic headaches caused by neck problems
  2. Tension headaches caused by tight muscles and stress
  3. Migraines


Ways Chiropractic Helps Reduce Frequency & Severity Of Headaches

Here are several ways chiropractic treatments can help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines:

Spinal Adjustments

Spinal misalignments, particularly in the cervical (neck) region, can contribute to tension-type headaches and migraines. Chiropractic adjustments can correct these misalignments, improving spinal function and alleviating nerve irritation that may be causing headache pain.


Muscle Relaxation and Stretching

Tension headaches are often related to muscle tension in the neck and upper back. Chiropractors employ techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and guided stretching to relieve muscle tension, which can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.


Postural Advice and Ergonomic Modifications

Poor posture, especially from prolonged sitting or improper workstation setups, is a common trigger for tension headaches. Chiropractors provide postural assessments and recommend ergonomic modifications to prevent strain on the neck and upper back muscles.


Lifestyle and Nutritional Advice

Certain lifestyle factors, including diet, hydration, and stress levels, play a significant role in headache and migraine occurrence. Chiropractors offer personalised advice on nutrition, hydration, and stress management techniques, such as mindfulness and relaxation exercises, to support overall health and reduce headache triggers.


Comprehensive Assessment and Personalised Treatment Plans

Each patient is unique, and so are their headache or migraine triggers. Chiropractors perform thorough assessments to identify individual triggers and develop personalised treatment plans. This may include a combination of spinal adjustments, muscle therapies, lifestyle modifications, and other supportive measures.


Natural and Drug-Free Pain Relief

One of the significant advantages of chiropractic care is its focus on natural and drug-free pain relief. Unlike medications that often mask symptoms without addressing the root cause, chiropractic treatments aim to correct underlying issues, providing long-term relief and reducing reliance on painkillers.



Visit Our Stoke Chiropractors and Take the Next Step Towards Headache and Migraine Relief

If you are struggling with frequent headaches or migraines, consider visiting our chiropractic clinic for a comprehensive assessment and personalised treatment plan. Our holistic approach aims to address the root causes of your pain, offering natural, effective, and drug-free relief. Don’t let headaches and migraines control your life — book an appointment today and start your journey towards a pain-free future.


Feel free to contact our clinic to learn more about how chiropractic care can help you manage headaches and migraines effectively. Our team is here to support your health and well-being every step of the way.