Most Canadians will suffer from at least one headache in their lifetime; however, the reason for the headache can differ from one individual to another. In fact, headache triggers can vary from environment, food, stress, dehydration, hormonal, emotional, and others. Also, headaches or pain to the head can be caused or referred from muscles, joints, ligaments or nerves.

Headaches are different from migraines. Headaches can vary in duration, frequency, and can happen randomly without a recognizable pattern.

Migraine is moderate-to-severe headaches on one side of the head with other symptoms, such as nausea which can last from 4 to 72 hours.  The cause of migraines is still unknown, but migraines are commonly associated with triggers and frequently accompanied by sensitivity to light, smell, and/or sound. 

How can we help?

Chiropractors can assess and determine what type of treatment is necessary to touch the root of the cause for the specific issue. Our patients can benefit from preventative chiropractic care to help alleviate some of the contributing factors of headaches and migraines, such as muscle tension, neck movement, spine misalignment, and postural issues.


Maintaining proper alignment of the spine and taking care of the root of the cause is important, but in some cases, referral and co-management may be an appropriate course of treatment.

Evidence has demonstrated that chiropractic care might be equally efficient as the prophylactic management of migraine. Another study suggests that chiropractic care improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

More so, studies have demonstrated that that chiropractic care can also decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines.


Depending on the findings of the history and patient examination, the chiropractor may recommend patient reassurance, manual therapies, modalities and lifestyle recommendations including rehabilitation. However, the plan of management will be individualized to the patient’s needs and examination findings.

If you are struggling with migraines or headaches call our team at Vitalpoint Chiropractic - your specialized chiropractor for migraines and headaches today for help.



Chiabi et al, Manual therapies for migraines: a systematic review. J Headache Pain (2011) 12:127-133

Bryans et al, Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headaches, JMPT (June 2011) 34 (2): 274-289