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Headaches and Migraine Relief in Walnut Creek

sitting at table with headacheIf you suffer from headaches and migraines, you know they can be debilitating, pervasive conditions that can significantly impact your daily life. Sadly, you aren’t alone, as millions of individuals worldwide are affected by headaches and migraines and their lasting effects.

Often, we’re left to reach for over-the-counter medications that can leave a negative imprint on our digestive systems, or we feel pressured into prescription medication to keep the severe pain away.

These conditions often stem from various factors, including postural stress, spinal misalignment, muscle tension, and nervous system dysfunction. As a result, chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to managing headaches and migraines, addressing these underlying issues to provide long-term relief and improve overall well-being.
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Tension Headache and Migraine Relief

While each person’s experience is unique to their body, headaches can be generally categorized into two separate types: tension headaches and migraines.

Tension Headaches

Characterized by a dull, aching pain that typically affects both sides of the head, tension headaches are the most common type. Stress, poor posture, and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders are common triggers.


Severe headaches that often occur on one side of the head, migraines are accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances. Abnormal brain activity and changes in blood flow are believed to contribute to migraines.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Our chiropractic team at Holmes Chiropractic focuses on restoring proper alignment and function to the spine, which can alleviate tension, reduce nerve irritation, and improve overall nervous system function. Chiropractic care can benefit individuals suffering from headaches and migraines through a variety of treatment methods, including:

1. Spinal Adjustments

Gentle manipulation techniques realign the vertebrae in the spine, relieving pressure on nerves and reducing tension in surrounding muscles and joints. Several studies have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments in reducing headache and migraine frequency and intensity.

3. Posture Correction

Poor posture, particularly in the neck and shoulders, can strain the muscles and joints of the spine, leading to headaches. Chiropractic techniques focus on helping restore the natural balance of your posture. Chiropractors provide guided postural stretches and exercises as an adjunct to your care to effectively support proper ergonomics.

2. Soft Tissue Therapy

Techniques such as trigger point/soft tissue therapy or manual massage help release tension and knots in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back, which can contribute to headaches.

4. Lifestyle Modifications

Recommendations on stress management techniques, relaxation exercises, and other lifestyle modifications can help prevent headaches and migraines.

Reduce Headache Frequency With Chiropractic

With the continued reliance on computers and phones in our daily lives, the prevalence of headaches and migraines has become much more common as our posture worsens and we are more prone to misalignments in the spine.

By addressing spinal misalignments (subluxations), a chiropractor focuses on reducing joint and nerve pressure and improving spinal function. The chiropractic adjustments help reduce tension and nerve pressure, effectively relieving headache and migraine symptoms.

Many studies suggest that chiropractic adjustments, particularly to the cervical spine, effectively reduce the frequency and severity of certain types of headaches, including tension headaches and migraines.

Don’t Suffer in Silence — We Can Help

Suffering from headaches and migraines can completely upend your life. Your work and personal life suffer, and it’s hard to enjoy all that life has to offer when they become a daily experience.

Contact us today to see how chiropractic can help reduce the frequency with which you experience headaches or migraines and lessen the impact on your life!


Headaches and Migraine Relief Walnut Creek CA | (925) 938-1122