Young woman lying on couch feeling strong headache migraine

Headaches are one of the most common neurologic symptoms experienced by adults and children.

Most people have experienced some type of headache pain at some point in their life. There are many different types of headaches and each type of headache affects everyone differently, making them a very complex condition!

Most of the structures surrounding the head and neck such as eyes, ears, nasal sinuses, muscles, joints, and arteries are highly pain sensitive. This means that dysfunction and disorders relating to these structures have the capacity to transmit pain and express itself as a headache. Irritation of these structures through mechanical, chemical or inflammatory mechanisms can cause pain.

Headaches are one of the more common symptoms presenting to Impulse Chiropractic. Chiropractic treatment can be effective in the management of certain types of headaches. These types of headaches include tension-type headaches, migraine headaches and cervicogenic headaches.

Tension-Type Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headache. Most individuals will experience a tension headache from time to time throughout their life. Tension headaches are likely to occur due to a combination of different factors, such as genetic, physical (posture), psychogenic and emotional factors (stress).

Tension headaches typically present as:

  • Pressing or tightening pain
  • Located at the forehead and/or back of scalp
  • Both sides of the head
  • Mild-moderate intensity
  • Not aggravated by physical activity
  • Can last between 30 minutes – 7 days
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Often present when waking up or shortly after
  • Associated muscle stiffness in the scalp, neck and shoulders

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are thought to be a type of neurovascular headache. It is a complex, recurrent headache disorder that is one of the most common complaints in medicine.

Although a benign type of headache it has the capacity to cause severe and debilitating pain that can last for days.

Migraines typically present as:

  • Throbbing and pulsating pain
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Intensifies with physical activity and exertion
  • Pain is usually one sided around the forehead and eye regions, although it can be felt elsewhere in the head
  • Pain builds over a period of 1-2 hours and can last anywhere between 4-72 hours
  • Nausea, vomiting, intolerance to food and light-headedness
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Migraines typically occur after exposure to a trigger. There can be many different triggers of migraines and they differ from person to person. Common triggers include:

  • Hormonal changes (menstruation, pregnancy, ovulation)
  • Stress
  • Excessive or insufficient sleep
  • Medications
  • Smoking
  • Light exposure
  • Strong odours
  • Head trauma
  • Motion sickness
  • Lack of exercise
  • Fasting or skipping meals
  • Red wine
  • Certain foods and food additives

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headache refers to a headache that originates from the upper cervical joints (C1-C4). Multiple structures in this area can be responsible for referring pain into the head. These structures may be the joints, muscle, ligaments and intervertebral discs at these levels.

Cervicogenic headaches typically present as one-sided pain at the base of the skull and/or a referred pain to the front/side of head and face. Pain is often exacerbated by neck movement, sustained awkward head position or external pressure over these areas.

Some causes of cervicogenic headaches are:

  • Trauma/whiplash
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Postural strain
  • Mechanical strain – joint stiffness, muscle tension

Chiropractic Management
Of Headaches

Chiropractic treatment can help provide relief from headache pain, as well as assisting in the long-term management of headaches.

At Impulse Chiropractic, we use several different treatment techniques, that are tailored to each individual and their type of headache.

Our management techniques for headaches include:

  • Massage and muscle release techniques
  • Joint manipulation and mobilisations
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Postural retraining
  • Lifestyle and ergonomic advice


For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Chiropractors you can use the Contact or Book Online now buttons at the top of this page, call our North Curl Curl practice on (02) 9939 8817, or visit Impulse Chiropractic & Natural Therapies‘ state of the art Chiropractic clinic at 15/64 Pitt Road in North Curl Curl.

Common Conditions We Treat


Headaches are one of the most common neurologic symptoms experienced by adults and children. Chiropractic treatment can help in the management of some types of headaches.

Neck pain

Neck pain is becoming an increasingly common issue throughout the world, with around two thirds of people experiencing neck pain at some point in their life.

Low Back pain

Low back pain is our most common complaint presenting to Impulse Chiropractic. Low back pain affects approximately 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime.

Thoracic/Rib Pain

Increased usage of technology, increased sedentary lifestyles, working from home and adoption of poor postures has contributed to more people suffering from thoracic and rib pain.

Coccyx Pain

Coccyx/tailbone pain can be an extremely painful and debilitating condition. Females are 5 times more likely to experience this pain than males.

Hip Pain

Sedentary lifestyles and increased time sitting can have a negative impact on hip function and mobility. This makes us more susceptible to pain and injury.

Shoulder pain

The shoulder is a complex, mobile and dynamic joint! Most shoulder conditions involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bursa.

TMJ/Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) or TMJ is one of the most heavily used joints in the body. It therefore can be a common source of pain and dysfunction.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common, painful foot condition that can affect people of all ages and activity levels.

Sports injuries

Our chiropractors are well trained in the specific mechanisms involved in sports injuries as well as having backgrounds participating in high level sports themselves.


Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it most commonly affects the knees, hips, low back, neck, and fingers/hands.


Sciatica is a debilitating condition that is characterised by pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the sciatic nerve or associated lumbosacral nerve root.