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sitting at table with headacheThrobbing pain. A dull ache. Sudden pain or “brain freeze” after eating ice cream. Pain on the top of the head. As one of the most common pain conditions experienced worldwide, headaches can range from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating.

This type of pain often causes absenteeism from school or work. Those who experience frequent headaches may also find that their mental health is impacted by anxiety or depression.

The Main Types

More than 150 types of headaches fall into two main categories: primary and secondary.


These ones aren’t due to another medical condition. The category includes

  • Cluster
  • Migraine
  • New daily persistent headaches (NDPH)
  • Tension
  • Cervicogenic (neck generated)


This type is related to another condition, including

  • Head injury
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Infection
  • Medication overuse
  • Sinus congestion
  • Trauma
  • Tumor

How Chiropractic May Help

Adjustments may be an effective care option for tension headaches and those that start in the neck. Upper cervical neck adjustments, in particular, work very well. We also work on the occipital bone. Dr. Martin can realign or adjust the upper cervical neck bones, where much of the nerve function can relay or create problems with headache pain. We also work with a lot of soft tissues in that area. Sometimes, we use ART, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, laser therapy, or interferential current.

Do you have any specific patient miracle stories you have highlighted here?

Yes, Dr. Martin is one! He shares his story: This is how I started chiropractic. I was a student at university, all set to become a dentist. I met a fellow in my physics class in my first year right before midterms, and I was having terrible headaches because of the stress.

He asked me, “Why don’t you see a chiropractor?” I knew nothing about chiropractors before that. So, I came home and saw a chiropractor in my area. Within about three weekends of treatment, he got my headaches down to a very low level, and I’ve continued to have chiropractic care since then. I now rarely get headaches. It’s been amazing.

How long until patients typically notice relief?

Sometimes, it can be within the same visit. Many of our patients get off the table, saying their headaches just disappeared.

Can eliminating certain foods help relieve my headache?

Yes, if you have food sensitivities. With migraines, the common culprits are caffeine, red wine, and aged cheeses. Those with gluten sensitivities and lactose intolerances may also experience headaches.

Stop the Pounding

Get relief from your pain. Contact Martin Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule an appointment.


Headaches Waterloo, Kitchener ON | (519) 886-2570