Chiro for headaches

If you’re one of the millions of Australians suffering from frequent tension headaches, throbbing migraines, or pain originating in the neck, you know how debilitating headaches can be. Rather than reaching for pain medication to mask the symptoms, a visit to OnePointHealth can help uncover the underlying cause and deliver lasting headache relief through natural chiropractic care.

Our chiropractors are highly trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of headache types without drugs or invasive procedures. With a combination of spinal adjustments, soft tissue techniques, posture correction, and lifestyle advice, we can help reduce the frequency and intensity of your headache episodes. 

What Triggers Headaches?

Headaches arise from a complex interplay of physical, chemical, emotional, and environmental factors. Some common triggers include:

  • Stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Dehydration or nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor posture like “text neck” from phones
  • Eye strain from computer use
  • Sleep disturbances or jaw clenching
  • Neck or head injuries (like whiplash)
  • Spinal misalignments or joint dysfunction

Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal causes of headaches – like neck stiffness, poor spinal alignment, and muscle tension. With optimised spinal function and relaxed muscles, headaches are often reduced naturally without medication.

Thorough Chiropractic Headache Evaluation

All headache patients first undergo a detailed chiropractic evaluation of the head and neck. This includes:

  • Assessment of posture, range of motion, and muscle tightness
  • Palpation to detect tender points or trigger points
  • Checks for joint restriction or stiffness in the cervical spine
  • Neurological tests to assess the function of the nerves and muscles

In addition, your chiropractor will discuss your specific headache patterns, location, intensity, duration, and any associated symptoms. Identifying your unique triggers is key to determining the ideal treatment approach.

Hands-On Techniques for Headache Relief

Based on the exam findings and your headache characteristics, a tailored treatment plan will be designed just for you. Skilled chiropractic techniques used in our headache protocols include:

  • Gentle cervical mobilisation and manipulation to improve spinal motion
  • Myofascial release to relax tight muscles in the neck and shoulders
  • Trigger point therapy to deactivate knotted muscle tissue
  • Massage and stretching to increase blood flow and reduce muscle tension
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to ease neck and head pain
  • Cervical traction to decompress the spine and nerves
  • Posture retraining and ergonomic advice to prevent recurring headaches

Most patients experience measurable pain relief and improved spinal function within the first few chiropractic treatments. Our goal is to not only soothe headache symptoms when they arise but also reduce their frequency and intensity going forward.

Developing an Individualised Treatment Plan

Since every headache sufferer is unique, your customised treatment plan will be tailored based on the exam findings. Acute headaches may be relieved in several sessions, while chronic migraines may require longer management with weekly chiropractic care. We’ll also suggest complementary therapies like massage, acupuncture, or dietary changes that support your care.

By addressing the root cause of your discomfort with targeted manual techniques, chiropractic care can provide sustainable headache pain relief where basic painkillers fail. We’ll equip you with stretching and strengthening exercises, ergonomic tips, and lifestyle advice to prevent future headaches too.

Experience Effective Drug-Free Headache Relief

If you’re tired of reaching for pills and want lasting relief from tension, migraine, or cervicogenic headaches, chiropractic care deserves your consideration. Schedule an initial headache evaluation at OnePointHealth today and start getting to the root of your headaches naturally!

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