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Headaches / Migraine Treatment

Dr. Bradley Eyford

Migraine Headaches Tacoma, WA

Headache is a common problem frequently reported in almost all age groups. It is worthy to note that not all headaches are migraines. Headaches can be benign, for instance, the ones occurring after stress and medication overuse. Sometimes, a headache is a result of severe pathologies like brain hemorrhage and arteritis.

In Tacoma, chiropractic treatment for headaches is the best option to treat headaches without having to take multiple pills over the long term. The chiropractic adjustment for headache pain cures various pathologies causing pain. 

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Headache sometimes causes mild, endurable pain, while at other times, the pain is severe and excruciating. Depending on the underlying pathology, a headache can be associated with the following symptoms:

  • Depression.
  • Nausea.
  • Pain behind one eye or ear.
  • Pain in the temporal region.
  • Seeing spots or flashing lights.
  • Sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Temporary vision loss.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diplopia.
  • Irritation.
  • Hallucinations (rare).
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Neck pain and stiffness.


The causes of headache broadly classified into two subtypes:

Benign or Primary headache:

This type of headache is a primary condition that does not need emergency management. These headaches may severely and badly affect the quality of life but usually do not cause any complications. The benign causes of headache are:

Benign headaches can also occur because of underlying conditions like lack of sleep, an incorrect eyeglass prescription, stress, loud noise exposure, or tight headwear.

Malignant or Secondary headache:

These headaches arise because of an organic cause in Tacoma. They indicate a

severe condition and should be managed promptly to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality. The conditions causing the secondary headache are:

  • Brain hemorrhages causing thunderclap headache
  • Space occupying lesions in the brain, including tumor
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Meningitis


Most of the time, primary headaches, such as migraines, are benign. Sometimes, however, they can become problematic, especially the ones that increase in intensity and frequency with time. Therefore, one should seek immediate medical help to avoid the following complications:

  • Chronic pain.
  • Migraine-triggered seizures.
  • Stroke with migraine.
  • Morbidity and mortality due to secondary headache.


For temporary pain relief, OTC medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other analgesics are of great aid. The migraine headache tends to resolve with rest in a dark, quiet room. Hot Epsom salt bath also reduces the pain intensity.


Headaches, including migraines, are treated by various medical and non-medical modalities in Tacoma. Non-medical interventions for headache management are:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Hypnosis
  • Herbal and nutritional health products
  • Meditation and acupuncture.

The best therapy for migraine treatment is chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment is considered highly beneficial for pain relief. It is done by manual therapy, soft tissue massage, and other modalities like electrical stimulation and acupuncture.

A chiro for headaches performs chiropractic adjustment for headaches, physical therapy, educates and provides nutritional advice, and thus, offers a holistic treatment plan. After successful treatment, the chiropractor also advises rehabilitation therapy to minimize the risk of recurrence. A chiropractor may also refer to a specialist if a serious condition is suspected.


Medical insurance does cover headache treatment. Every healthcare company has its own policy regarding insurance for different aspects of the treatment of various types of headaches.

How The Health Connection Can Help in HEADACHES in Tacoma, WA

In Tacoma, The Health Connection is the top chiropractic clinic that provides treatment for various types of headaches.

Dr. Bradley Eyford is one of the highly-rated chiropractors in Tacoma who specializes in headache management. He has experience of over ten years with numerous cases of successful resolution of the headache.

The Health Connection is currently providing services in the following cities

  • Tacoma
  • Ballard

Call us today if you are looking for a chiropractor for headache in Tacoma.

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Our goal is to provide high-quality health care to our patients. We have a team of highly experienced and compassionate staff in Tacoma. The success stories of our happy clients are proof of our exceptional service.


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Are Tacoma Chiropractors good for a headache?

Chiropractors diagnose and treat various headaches and their causes. In fact, chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways of managing both cervicogenic and tension headaches.

With the help of a chiropractor, the frequency of migraines in Tacoma and the severity of pain also decreases.

Can headaches turn into migraines?

Migraine is one of the most common causes of headache, but not every headache is a migraine. Migraine pain is throbbing and intense, lasting for a few hours to many days. It typically affects one side of the head but can be bilateral too. The particular feature of migraine headache is photophobia and phonophobia.

How long should a headache last?

The headache usually lasts for a minimum of 30 minutes. Migraines can last for 4 to 72 hours. Tension headache occurs for a variable duration.

When should you worry about a headache?

The headache, most of the time, is benign and resolves with pain killers and rest. If the headache increases in severity and lasts for more than two days, it is better to consult a doctor for migraine treatment. Headache associated with any of the following symptoms can also be a sign of a serious condition:

  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • The blurring of vision.
  • The weakness of limbs.
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