Headaches are probably the third most common problem that we treat at the Conklin Clinics and I can honestly say that almost everyone has endured a headache, and has at least some kind of idea of what they are like. There is, however, a significant portion of the population for which headaches are more than just an occasional discomfort. For those of you who truly suffer with chronic headaches, I sympathize with you. At the very least, chronic headaches diminish quality of life. And at their worst they can be debilitating, leaving you completely unable to function.
By the time chronic headache sufferers come to me, most have already seen numerous doctors, neurologists, and other health care practitioners. They have also had many different tests (brain scans, CT, MRI, etc) in an attempt to diagnose the cause of these headaches. Typically, the patient is told something like, "Thank Goodness Mrs. Jones, you don’t have a brain tumor". Then the headache is given a fancy medical name, and you, the patient, are told that there is little that can be done aside from taking an assortment of dangerous medications for the rest of your life to try and control the pain.

What is true with the rest of the body is just as true with headaches. Symptomatic care is temporary at best. Because the underlying cause of headaches are rarely addressed by the medications that your doctor has prescribed, the symptoms return over and over and over again. And then there are all the side-effects not to mention the rebound headaches which can be devastatingly severe. These are headaches which are actually caused by the medications themselves. True relief of headache symptoms involves discovering the cause or causes of the headaches, and is often a multifaceted approach.


Numerous studies show a distinct relationship between functional neck problems such as loss of normal alignment or loss of normal motion of the cervical or upper thoracic spine and frequency and severity of headaches. Each and every vertebrae of the neck must move properly in relationship to the vertebrate above it and below it. This is why Chiropractic Adjustments have proven so effective in alleviating many people’s headaches.

In the same way that the vertebrae must have good motion, the region’s Connective Tissues mainly fascia must also move freely. Although chiropractic adjustments attempt to deal with neck pain and/or headaches that can be caused by loss of normal joint motion sometimes they fail miserably.

I spent the first 10 years of practice wondering why one patient would improve so greatly with chiropractic adjustments; and similar patients with seemingly identical signs, symptoms, orthopedic and neurological exam findings, x-rays, blood profiles, nutritional histories, etc, would not.

When I meet patients from other chiropractors who have responded well to chiropractic adjustments in the past but are no longer holding their adjustment; I automatically start thinking scar tissue. Scar tissues or fascial adhesions in and around the muscles of the neck create an environment where people cannot hold their adjustment for more than a few days and often no more than a few hours. One day a new patient drove down from Waco and he had been suffering from chronic headaches for nearly 40 years, and the only thing that helped him was being adjusted over and over again. I treated him a few times and he came back a couple of weeks later for another adjustment and he said he had approximately 90% fewer and less intense headaches than he has for the past four decades of his life. That is because we were able to help in also treating the scar tissue, also known as fascial adhesions, in his neck. Once the microscopic scarring is addressed from the muscle tissue and fascia that surrounds the cervical spine a person's range of motion improves dramatically, and proprioceptive information (neurological information that is relayed to the brain and back to the body) begins to return. A significant improvement in motion and functionality usually translates into a significant improvement in the ability to hold adjustment for a much longer period of time. What does this mean? Less frequent and less severe headaches and chronic pain, of course! But it also means less Degenerative Arthritis in your future.


Be aware that sometimes Migraine Headaches have little to do with an injury to the neck or a mechanical dysfunction of the neck; and everything to do with an injury or problem with the brain, the stomach, jaw positioning, coping mechanism to stress and many other factors as well. At the Conklin Clinics we take our time and evaluate the condition as well as the person with the condition. We are just that thorough. Give us a call.