Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are merely a nuisance; others are debilitating.

Many headaches are the result of “triggers,” including food, noises and lights. Others are the result of behaviors, such as sleep patterns or blood sugar changes.

Almost all headaches are “primary headaches,” or tension, migraine or cluster headaches. These are not the result of a disease or illness. The headache is the primary factor.

The majority of primary headaches are the result of muscle tension in the neck. Staying in a fixed position, such as working at a desk all day, can increase muscle tension. Happily, tension headaches can be effectively treated.

Headache Symptoms

  • Dull, throbbing ache in one part of your head, or all over
  • Debilitating pain
  • Nausea
  • Flashes of light, or aura
  • Pain treatments
  • Sore jaw
  • Feeling like a tight band is wrapped around your head
  • An ache behind your eyes
  • Pounding sensation
  • Pain that lasts from 30 minutes to days


Spinal manipulation has been far and away the most effective treatment of tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

Manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae (neck) along with adjustments to the cervical (neck) and thoracic spine (upper back) are highly successful in relieving headache pain. We can also help with the four main muscles that are trigger points for headache pain (splenius, suboccipitals, sternocleidomastoid and trapezius).

We may also recommend changes in your diet, the addition of B complex vitamins and offer advice on posture, exercises and work behaviors, such as taking breaks every hour to help relieve joint irritation and muscle tension.