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Headaches and migraines

Approximately one in seven people in the UK suffer from recurring, severe headaches and migraines that interfere with daily life. Many people believe that they have to live with the pain of their headaches.

There are many different types of headaches and causes of them; many people may suffer from more than one type. Two of the most common head pains are Tension Headache and Migraine. There are many causes/triggers of headaches migraines. These include but are not limited to: Stress, Certain foods, trauma to the spine and environmental stimuli (noise/ flashing lights).

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Other causes of headaches can include:

  • Dehydration
  • Allergies
  • Visual strain
  • Sinus infection

Are you suffering with a migraine or headache? Call us on 0114 233 5553

Diagnosis and treatment

The Chiropractors at the Hillsborough Chiropractic Clinic are trained to diagnose the probable cause of your headache, and establish whether your condition is suitable for Chiropractic treatment or whether you should be referred for further medical assessment.

If appropriate, treatment may include specific chiropractic adjustments particularly to the neck and upper back. This may be combined with muscular work such as massage or trigger point therapy. You may be advised to do some stretching/ postural exercises or alter your working position.


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Stress and anxiety

If you suffer from stress, anxiety or poor posture it may result in muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, which may cause a cervicogenic (related to the neck) tension headache. A Tension Headache often has a steady dull pain that ‘caps’ the scalp. It is of mild-moderate pain. It is often associated with tension in the neck and head. There may be mild to moderate sensitivity to light and sound. Patients often find that Chiropractic care reduces the frequency or severity of tension headaches.


Migraine is a severe headache, which can last for several days. It is normally moderate to severe, one-sided pain and can be accompanied by nausea, visual disturbances and extreme sensitivity to light. Some forms of migraine appear to stem from neck tension and/or irritation of the nearby nerves. Some patients can get reduction of migraine frequency and relief from their migraines through Chiropractic care.

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