By Jeremiah Tibbitts DC
Headaches are a common ailment that can strike at any time, disrupting our daily lives and productivity. They come in various forms, each with its own set of symptoms and causes. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the different types of headaches, their underlying causes, and how chiropractic care at WellnessOne can be an effective solution to provide you with much-needed relief.

Understanding the Types of Headaches

Tension Headaches:

    • Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They often result from muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
    • Prolonged stress, poor posture, and muscle imbalances are frequent culprits behind tension headaches.


    • Migraines are known for their intense, throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
    • While the exact cause is not fully understood, genetics, environmental factors, and changes in brain chemistry are thought to play a role.

Cluster Headaches:

    • Cluster headaches are excruciatingly painful and tend to occur in clusters or cycles, often at the same time each day.
    • They are linked to abnormal activation of the hypothalamus and are more common in men.

Cervicogenic Headaches:

    • Cervicogenic headaches originate from issues in the cervical spine, such as misaligned vertebrae, muscle tension, or inflammation.
    • Poor posture, injury, or wear and tear on the neck can contribute to cervicogenic headaches.

Understanding the Causes

Now that we have a clearer picture of the various types of headaches, it’s essential to delve into their underlying causes.
  1. Misaligned Spine: A misaligned spine can put pressure on the nerves, potentially triggering headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can help correct these misalignments and alleviate this pressure.
  2. Muscle Tension: Tension in the neck and upper back muscles can lead to both tension and cervicogenic headaches. Chiropractic care can provide relief by addressing the root cause through muscle relaxation techniques.
  3. Stress: Chronic stress can contribute to both tension headaches and migraines. Chiropractic care offers stress relief through relaxation techniques and spinal adjustments that promote overall well-being.
  4. Posture: Poor posture is a common culprit in cervicogenic headaches. Chiropractors can help patients improve their posture, reducing the risk of these headaches.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to headache relief by addressing the root causes of your pain. Here’s how we can help at WellnessOne:
  1. Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments can correct misalignments in your spine, relieving pressure on nerves and reducing headache frequency and intensity.
  2. Muscle Relaxation: Chiropractors use various techniques, such as massage, to relax tense muscles in the neck and upper back, alleviating tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches.
  3. Stress Management: Chiropractors can offer advice on stress management techniques and lifestyle modifications to reduce stress, helping to prevent headaches.
  4. Posture Correction: Through chiropractic care, you can improve your posture, reducing the likelihood of cervicogenic headaches caused by poor alignment.
Headaches can be debilitating, affecting your quality of life and overall well-being. Understanding the types and causes of headaches is the first step towards effective relief. At WellnessOne, our chiropractic care services provide a natural, non-invasive solution to alleviate the root causes of headaches, allowing you to lead a healthier, happier, and pain-free life. Don’t let headaches hold you back; consult with our chiropractors to unlock the potential for a headache-free future!

Together in Health,

Dr. Jeremiah Tibbitts
7149 W. Emerald St.
Boise, ID 83642
Ph:  208-955-6606
Fax: 208-955-6608
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