Your Melbourne CBD Chiropractor for Migraines and Headaches

The ongoing battle with migraine attacks can be debilitating and frustrating, interfering with your professional, social and personal life. If it seems as though the headaches come without warning and you’re at a point where you wonder whether painkillers are your only solution, get in touch with a professional chiropractor in Melbourne CBD.

Here at Adaptive Chiropractic, treating patients suffering from migraine pain and headaches is one of our focus points. We use specific chiropractic techniques to assist migraine sufferers by aligning the spine and improving overall nerve flow. This approach provides our patients with both immediate short and long term relief from their migraines and headaches.

Whether you suffer from stress induced tension headaches, both physical and emotional, or chronic migraines that are hormonally or chemically based, we can tailor our chiropractic migraine treatment to treat your chronic migraine and headache condition.

Real Migraine Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment has proven to be a highly effective solution for many migraine sufferers, relieving both the severity and frequency of symptoms. In some cases, the right migraine headache treatment has successfully eliminated the symptoms completely.

At Adaptive Chiropractic in the Melbourne CBD, we combine the latest technology, best-practice chiropractic techniques and ongoing education to provide you with a tailored migraine and headache treatment that will provide the relief you need to lead a normal life.

What are some common migraine symptoms?

Migraine headaches can be characterized by a variety of symptoms, which can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain
    Migraine pain can range from moderate to severe and is often described as throbbing or pulsating. The pain usually begins on one side of the head but can spread or occur on both sides.
  • Sensitivity to Light and Sound
    Many people with migraines become extremely sensitive to light (photophobia) and sound (phonophobia) during an attack.
  • Visual Disturbances (Aura)
    Some people with migraines experience auras before the headache begins. Auras are visual disturbances that can include seeing flashing lights, zigzag lines, or blind spots.
  • Nausea and Vomiting
    Migraines often cause nausea, and this can be accompanied by vomiting in some individuals.
  • Mood Changes
    Mood changes can occur before the onset of a migraine. Some people may feel elated or very energized, while others may feel depressed or irritable.
  • Nasal Congestion
    Some individuals report stuffy nose or watery eyes during a migraine.
  • Difficulty Speaking
    Some people may have difficulty finding words or speaking coherently during a migraine attack.
  • Weakness
    This can occur on one side of the body and might be part of the aura phase for some individuals.

Can Chiropractic Care Help with migraine headaches?

Chiropractic care has been used for over a century in the treatment of migraines and tension-type headaches in some individuals. Our practitioners may recommend:

Spinal Manipulation

The most common chiropractic treatment, spinal manipulation, is used to restore joint mobility. Misalignments or dysfunctional movements of the spine can affect the nervous system, possibly contributing to headaches and neck pain. By restoring proper function and movement, some migraine patients may experience reduced headache pain frequency or intensity.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Chiropractors often use therapies targeting muscles, ligaments, and tendons. For headaches that originate from neck tension or dysfunction, soft tissue therapy can help alleviate that tension and potentially reduce migraine headache occurrence.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Some migraines are triggered by dietary factors. A chiropractor might offer advice on changes in diet or recommend certain nutritional supplements to help reduce the frequency or severity of migraines.

Lifestyle Recommendations

Stress, poor posture, and other lifestyle factors can contribute to neck pain and migraine headaches. A chiropractor can provide recommendations to modify these factors, which may include ergonomic advice, relaxation techniques, or exercise recommendations.


Understanding the cause of migraine headaches and potential triggers can be a crucial step in managing them. Chiropractors can help educate patients about these factors and provide strategies for avoiding or coping with them.

Co-management with Other Health Professionals

Chiropractors often work in conjunction with other healthcare providers, like neurologists, physical therapists, or massage therapists. This collaborative approach can be beneficial for patients with complex or multi-faceted conditions like migraine headaches.

What causes tension headaches?

Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headache, characterized by a dull, aching pain, often described as a tight band around the head or pressure at the temples or back of the head. The exact cause of tension headaches is not fully understood, but a variety of factors and triggers are believed to contribute to their onset:

  1. Muscle Strain
    Tension in the muscles of the neck, face, scalp, and jaw can lead to tension headaches. This tension can be a result of poor posture, a lack of ergonomics in the workspace, or holding one’s head in an awkward position for extended periods.
  2. Stress
    Stress is one of the most commonly recognized triggers for headaches. This includes emotional, mental, and physical stress.
  3. Eye Strain
    Prolonged reading, computer use, or any activity that requires intense focus can strain the eyes and surrounding muscles, potentially leading to tension headaches.
  4. Fatigue
    Lack of sleep, jet lag, or irregular sleep patterns can contribute to the onset of headaches.
  5. Caffeine
    Both excessive caffeine consumption and sudden caffeine withdrawal can be triggers.
  6. Dental Issues
    Jaw clenching, teeth grinding (bruxism), or other dental problems can lead to tension in the jaw muscles and subsequently to headaches.
  7. Sinus Infections
    Chronic sinus infections or sinusitis can sometimes cause tension headaches due to the inflammation and pressure they create.
  8. Medications
    Some medications, especially those for high blood pressure and certain anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause headaches as a side effect.
  9. Overexertion
    Physical overactivity that one is not accustomed to can lead to muscle strain and potentially tension headaches.
  10. Mental Health Issues
    Anxiety and depression are associated with a higher risk of tension headaches.

It’s important to recognize that while these factors can contribute to tension headaches, they may not be the sole cause. Moreover, triggers can vary greatly among individuals. Identifying and addressing potential triggers, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, managing stress, and ensuring proper ergonomics can help in preventing or reducing the frequency of headaches.

Convenient Melbourne CBD location and care

Located on Little Collins Street, right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD Adaptive Chiropractic’s clinic provides effective chiropractic treatment of migraine headaches in a warm and inviting practice. With our convenient location, we are able to serve clients living and working in the Melbourne CBD and inner Melbourne.

Our founder and chiropractors have lived and worked in Melbourne for many years, and are uniquely positioned to understand and serve the health and wellbeing needs of the local community. Contact us for more information, or make an appointment to see a chiropractor in Melbourne today.

Your chiropractor in Melbourne truly cares for your wellbeing

Adaptive Chiropractic is committed to taking a holistic approach to chiropractic care. We use safe yet powerful chiropractic techniques, providing fast and effective pain relief, but also support you in reaching and maintaining optimal health.

Our founder Dr Clarence Ho is passionate about wellbeing and preventative care. He and his team care not just about our patients’ experience, but their education as well and treat a wide range of people for chronic migraines and headaches, along with spine related treatments, back pain and posture correction, pregnancy related pain and depleted energy.