Which Headache Type Are You?

There are countless various forms of headaches. 70% of all Germans have suffered from them at least one time. The symptoms can vary. These are the most frequent headache types:

Classic Migraine

They can range from light discomfort up to immobilizing, excruciating pain and they can last for minutes or days. The pain often appears only on one side of the head, but can travel and is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Millions of people, even children, live with them. The majority of those affected are women.

Tension Headache

Normally, they involve the entire head, appear suddenly and are accompanied by nausea and vomiting when they are very strong.


Term for an intense pulsating pain beginning up on the side of the nose and spreading to one side behind the eye. The attacks appear from one to several times a day (in clusters) and last for weeks or even months. Without any apparent reason, cluster headaches cease just as quickly as they appeared. Men between 20 and 40 years of age are the most affected by these headaches, but women get them too.

Causes and Treatment

Even today, the causes of different headache types are still a research topic. The treatments prescribed by academic medicine are often medication or therapies aimed at relaxing the neck muscles (physiotherapy and massage, for example).


From a chiropractic standpoint, headaches are frequently a symptom of displaced cervical (neck) vertebrae1 and occasionally displacement of vertebrae in the upper thoracic spine. By mobilizing this displacement, the muscles involved relax and the headaches can fade away. There are also reports of improved blood supply to the brain through the A. Vertebralis (vertebral artery) after adjusting the cervical spine.2.

The traditional approach to chiropractic helps many headache patients.3, 4.



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J. Vertebral Subluxation Res., August 3, 2003


Scott, RM: "The Impact of Chiropractic Adjustments on Intracranial Blood Flow: A Pilot Study"
J. Vertebral Subluxation Res. May 21, 2007


Bryans R et. al: "Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache."
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Jun;34(5):274-89


Gross A.: "Manipulation or mobilisation for neck pain."
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):CD004249