Chiropractors treat Headaches

One of the reasons people visit a chiropractic is to seek help with headaches. In this blog we address the question of how do chiropractors treat headaches.

On the first visit:

When someone enters our office and let us know that they are suffering with headaches we generally ask questions such as:

  • How long have you been suffering
  • Where is the pain
  • Do certain activities worsen the headaches
  • Are there any associated symptoms with the headaches, such as blurred vision
  • Was there an accident around the time of the headaches commencing
  • What sort of treatment have you tried to date
  • Desk ergonomics
  • Sleep posture


Our next step is to determine if the headache may be coming from a misalignment (subluxation) in the neck or from poor posture.

We test the following:

  • Neck range of movement
  • Nerve reflexes from the neck
  • Muscle testing arms and checking strength, looking at nerve pressure and weakening 
  • Posture analysis
  • Joint mobility
  • Muscle tension

What are our concerns:

We keep in mind that some headaches can be sinister. High blood pressure, diabetes, history of recent accidents, history or cancer will ring alarm bells and we need to make sure the headaches are not secondary to an illness or condition.

Do we need xrays?

Xrays will be taken if we feel that structural changes may be present in the neck. If there are any degenerative changes in the neck or a loss of neck curve, then these concerns may contribute to headaches.

How do we treat the neck?

If we find restrictions in the neck then our job is to restore neck movement and function. We do this by applying a gentle force, we call an adjustment, to the effected joints.

When there is a loss of normal neck alignment, our approach is to apply the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) protocol of care. This may include home traction on a Denneroll and may also include in office traction on a Denneroll table.

We are results driven:

Often people receiving chiropractic and/or CBP care for headaches in our office will get relief. We are concerned with getting the best results in the quickest possible time. By combining our chiropractic skills with the right home advice, we help people get long lasting relief.

If you feel that your headaches could do with a different approach, please call us on 9329 1118.


If you haven’t checked in with your neck mobility then CLICK HERE to check out how you can do that.  Find out how a Cervical Denneroll can help the neck curve, CLICK HERE.

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Lisa, director