Tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches and migraines are three common types of headaches
each with distinct characteristics and causes.


These are the most common type of headaches. They are typically characterised by a dull, aching
pain on both sides of the head, often described as a band around the head. Tension headaches are
often caused by muscle tension in the head, and/or joint dysfunction and tension in the neck and
shoulders. They are often related to stress, poor posture and prolonged periods of sitting. They are
not usually severe and rarely accompany symptoms like nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light and


These headaches have a confirmed cause in the neck. They are usually one sided and can refer pain
to the head in several patterns. The source can be usually identified as a joint or muscle and can be
reproduced on examination. They will often accompany pain and or stiffness in the neck.


Migraines are neurological in nature and can be more severe than tension headaches. They are
characterized by beginning with an “aura” (visual or sound disturbance), followed by an intense
throbbing pain usually on one side of the head, although it can affect both sides. Migraines are often
accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light (Photophobia) and
sound (Phono-phobia). The exact cause of migraines is variable from person to person, but genetics,
environmental factors and certain triggers (such as hormonal changes, stress, certain foods and lack
of sleep) can contribute.


1. Help relieve muscle tension

Chiropractors can help identify and address causal and contributing joints and tissues in the neck,
shoulders and upper back. Spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy and exercise can be used to help
alleviate tension and improve posture.

2. Improve Spinal Joint Function

Mechanical problems affecting the joints of the spine, particularly cervical (neck) region, can
contribute to headaches. Chiropractic adjustments aim to restore proper mobility, which can help to
reduce the frequency and severity of headaches.

3. Education and lifestyle advice

Chiropractors often provide advice on ergonomics, posture and exercises to help prevent headaches
and improve overall well-being.

If you suffering from headaches or migraines, come and see us at Yeronga Chiropractic. Give us a call
(07) 3892 1440 or book online at www.yerongachiropractic.com.au

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