Headaches – Chiropractic Care Can Help

Headaches will affect many people at different times in their lives. They can come in many different forms:

  • Pain in just one part of their head
  • Pain behind their eyes
  • A slight to intense pounding sensation
  • Nausea
  • Dull pain or sharp pain that could last from minutes to hours to days

The good news is that most headaches are not related to serious medical conditions, and can easily be treated with chiropractic care, diet and exercise.

Many headaches are due to a wide variety of causes, including:

  • Drug reactions
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Tightness in neck muscles
  • Low blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress and fatigue

The majority of headaches that are recurrent are one of three types:

  • Tension headaches – also called Cervicogenic
  • Migraine headaches
  • Cluster headaches – not very common

Headaches and Chiropractic Care

Several studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are effective in the treatment of tension headaches, especially those that begin in the neck area. These studies also found that even if chiropractic treatment is stopped after just four weeks, there was a sustained, ongoing benefit for those patients compared to those only taking medication.

Of course, each patient’s condition is different and an evaluation is always required in order to determine if chiropractic care can be beneficial, but in most cases, the answer is generally yes. There are also many lifestyle things that can be addressed like food and exercise.

Avoiding Headache Triggers —

  • Certain foods, odors, menstrual periods, and changes in weather
  • Emotional factors: depression, anxiety, frustration, letdown, and even pleasant excitement
  • Keep a headache diary – put it on your calendar – this will help you determine whether factors might be the cause
  • Repeated exposure to nitrite compounds can result in a dull, pounding headache – Nitrite, which dilates blood vessels, is found in such products as heart medicine and dynamite, but is also used as a chemical to preserve meat. Hot dogs and other processed meats containing sodium nitrite can cause headaches.
  • Eating foods with MSG (monosodium glutamate) can result in headache. Soy sauce, meat tenderizer, and a variety of packaged foods contain this chemical
  • Exposure to poisons, even common household varieties like insecticides, carbon tetrachloride, and lead.
  • Children who ingest flakes of lead paint may develop headaches – anyone who has contact with lead batteries or lead-glazed pottery
  • Foods high in the amino acid tyramine should also be avoided:  ripened cheeses (cheddar, brie), chocolate, as well as any food pickled or fermented foods.


Shawn is absolutely awesome. I was under severe pain this Monday and Shawn came to the clinic despite being a holiday and provided necessary adjustment that helped me sleep at least and pain came down to less than 50% in the next few days. He is very helpful in accommodating changes and giving suggestions.

Mukesh G.

Great experience at ChrioWorxs Friendly staff is very attentive to the needs of the whole family. Had a massage and adjustment and felt great. Adjustment was very comprehensive. Highly recommend for anyone experiencing any pain or just needing a life adjustment!

Jammi F.
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  1. a partial dislocation.
    • a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems.