Headaches and Migraines

Treatment for Headaches and Migraines form our Portsmouth Chiropractor

Most people will experience headaches periodically. There are different types of headaches and different triggers. Headaches can be the result of allergies and environmental irritants, such as chemicals, smoke, and strong fragrances, or they can be migraines or tension headaches. Eye strain is another common cause of headaches. Here at Atlantic Chiropractic Center, our chiropractor in Portsmouth offers chiropractic treatment for headaches and migraines.

woman holding her head from migraine pain who needs chiropractic treatments in Portsmouth

Headaches vs Migraines

The two most common types of headaches are migraines and tension headaches. While tension headaches can happen to anyone, including migraine sufferers, migraines only occur in certain people. Migraines affect about 25 million people per year in the United States. Migraines are severe and can be quite debilitating.


Migraines occur when the blood vessels in the head constrict and then dilate. In addition to the pain of a headache, there are often other symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light and seeing "flashing lights" in front of the eyes. Most people who get migraines will start getting them before age 30, sometimes even in childhood, and will get them off and on throughout their lives. Approximately 75% of migraine sufferers are women.


Tension headaches are frequently caused by subluxations in the upper back and neck. Triggers for tension headaches can be chronic neck and back problems as well as a result of injuries.

Different types of headaches result in different symptoms and severity. Some are relatively mild and come and go quickly. Some are more severe and interfere with normal activities. People who work with computers or sit at desks all day or people who have poor posture or injuries may experience chronic tension headaches.

Treating Headaches Vs Migraines

Because different types of headaches have different causes and triggers, it's important to approach treatment accordingly. It's important to identify triggers so that you can prevent them before they happen. For example, migraines can be triggered by certain foods, stress, and environmental irritants. Recognizing your triggers and avoiding them can help you avoid a painful migraine.

For tension headaches, treating the root cause of a headache and preventative therapy are the keys to dramatically reducing the occurrence and severity. This is where your chiropractor can help. Your chiropractor can work with you to create a treatment plan that works for the type of headache you are having. A combination of adjustments, massage, nutrition, exercise and other treatments will be used to address the specific issues causing your headaches. 

Contact Our Chiropractor in Portsmouth To Treat Your Headaches or Migraines

To learn more about chiropractic headache treatment, contact Atlantic Chiropractic Center at (603) 436-9229 to schedule a consultation. Our Portsmouth chiropractor and recommend a comprehensive treatment plan for your headaches and migraine relief.