Q&A With Dr. Ken: Headaches

Everyone knows what a bad headache feels like. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 20% of women and 9.7% of men ages 18 and above have experienced a severe headache or migraine in the past 3 months.” While the number of people experiencing headaches and migraines is quite high, not all know that they can be treated by a chiropractor. Actually, it’s not uncommon for Dr. Ken of Total Care Chiropractor to see patients suffering from both headaches and migraines. We sat down with Dr. Ken to talk about headaches, and here’s what he had to say:

Q: What are headaches and why do I get them?

Dr. Ken: A headache is a symptom of pain, usually experienced in the head or neck. There are many different types of headaches, but the most common are called tension headaches. A tension headache often presents itself as a dull aching pain, or tightness and pressure around the forehead and neck. Simply put, headaches are a sign that there’s something going on in your body that needs to be addressed. You might experience headaches if there’s been a change in your diet, or as a result of muscle tension, or hyperparathyroidism.

Q: What’s the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Dr. Ken: A migraine can be much more difficult to treat than a headache. Both result in pain, however the symptoms of a migraine are much more severe and can cause nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.

Q: What can I do to prevent headaches or relive their symptoms?

Dr. Ken: Try to clean up your diet by avoiding too much sugar. Sugar is an inflammatory, which can contribute to headaches. It’s also important to get your eyes checked. Your vision might have changed, which can cause strain in the eye muscles as you’re squinting to get a clearer picture. A lot of headaches can be caused by muscle tension in the neck, so pay close attention to your posture, especially if you work at a desk or computer. Aspirin can make your bowel bleed, so don’t rely on it as a long-term solution!

Q: How does a chiropractor treat people suffering from headaches?

Dr. Ken: We use a specific soft tissue pain neutralization technique that can help eliminate the physical tension that leads to headaches. The upper back and neck muscles can get tight from bad posture or repetitive movements, so easing that pressure will relieve headache symptoms and pain.

Q: Will I feel relief after being treated by a chiropractor?

Dr. Ken: Many of our clients feel immediate relief from headaches…but don’t just take my word for it. Our clients are happy to share their success stories, like this one below.


Q: Is it possible to keep headaches from coming back with chiropractic treatment?

Dr. Ken: Staying headache free can be connected to great self-care and ongoing partnership with your care providers, including your chiropractor. Check out our testimonial on keeping headaches away in the video below.


Is it time to say goodbye to headaches? Come in or schedule an appointment at Alexandria Total Care Chiropractic.