Headaches & Migraines

Headache and Migraine Services Provided at Hoewisch Chiropractic

It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t experienced a headache or migraine.  Although headaches and migraines affect patients who visit our Hoewisch Family Chiropractic practice in various ways, most sufferers agree on one thing.  Both ailments disrupt life’s normal activities.  Our headache doctor in Santa Clara, Dr. David Hoewisch, provides patients with relief using chiropractic adjustments and education on helpful lifestyle changes.

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Headaches and Migraines

A number of factors cause chronic headaches.  The most frequent include TMJ, neck muscle tightness, drug reactions, hypertension, poor posture, low blood sugar, fatigue, and stress.  Some of the most common problems we see are tension and cluster headaches.  Tension-type headaches are easily the most frequent and affect at least 75 percent of headache patients.

Many people seeking headache relief are under the impression that a migraine is simply a very painful headache.  Our Santa Clara headache doctor notes significant differences.

Migraine patients often experience more than just head pain.  Typical symptoms include nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, vomiting, seeing flashing lights called auras, or even suffering a temporary loss of vision. 

Around 25 million U.S. patients experience migraines every year.  Three of every four of these are female.  A first migraine typically occurs before the age of 30.  Many patients have a family history.

Spine injury should be suspected if there are recurring headaches or migraines.

Headache Treatment in Santa Clara

Headache Treatment in Santa Clara is closer than you think. First, its important to note that the goal of chronic, tension, migraine and cluster headache management is reducing discomfort using totally natural methods instead of medication.  Gentle, specific adjustments have proven particularly effective for individuals suffering from all types of headaches, no matter the type, after treatment by our chiropractor in Santa Clara.

Trigger points within muscles cause discomfort that patients perceive as pain within the head.  Some experience referred pain, visual disturbances, balance issues, and tooth pain.  Gentle kneading of a trigger point causes the affected muscle to release tension, relieving discomfort.

The list of factors that can affect migraine patients is a long one.  Some of the most common are insufficient sleep, strong odors, weather changes, flickering lights, and foods high in the amino acid tyramine. Spine injury should be suspected if there are recurring headaches.

Our practice actively educates patients on making lifestyle changes that will lower their risk of developing chronic headaches or migraines.  Keeping a headache diary is an important step in identifying necessary changes.

Headaches and Migraines FAQ

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Headaches and migraines are quite common in the population with 12 percent of the entire US population suffering from migraines, according to the Migraine Research Center, and it is estimated that 25 percent of US households have at least one person who suffers from migraines. Thankfully, chiropractic care from our chiropractor in Santa Clara can help manage your migraines and headaches naturally.

1. What Is the Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine?

Headaches and migraines both cause head pain, which can result in difficulty thinking and concentrating. However, they are different in their symptoms and onset. Common headaches do not generally give any warning. The pain or throbbing sensation simply starts. Migraines, on the other hand, have warning signs, including changes in vision, sensitivity to light or sound and an onset of tiredness, thirst or hunger. Some individuals even experience changes in memory.  A headache often results in less severe pain than a migraine, but both can impact daily life.

2. What Are the Different Types of Headaches?

There are two different categories of headaches, and their classification depends on their causes. Primary headaches are the first category. These headaches have no known cause or underlying condition that is contributing to the development of the headache. The second category is called secondary headaches. These headaches are caused by something else, like sinus pressure, a medication, overexertion, changes in hormones or an illness, like the cold or flu. Within those categories, there are several different types of headaches, including:

  • Cluster Headaches – Cluster headaches occur in cycles that can last weeks or months with a period of non-pain in between.
  • Exertion Headaches – Exertion headaches occur directly after physical exertion, like exercising or playing intense sports.
  • Mixed Headaches – Mixed headaches have both symptoms of a regular headache and migraine headache symptoms.
  • Sinus Headaches – Sinus headache occur due to sinus infections, and symptoms of a sinus infection, like congestion or mucus drainage, are usually present along with the headache.
  • Tension Headaches – Tension headaches are typically caused by tight muscles in the shoulder, upper back and neck.

3. What Are the Different Types of Migraines?

Migraines are classified into different types according to their symptoms and whether or not there is an aura present prior to the onset.

  • Brainstem Aura Migraines – These migraines typically last about an hour. Symptoms include double vision, clumsiness, dizziness, head pain and difficulty speaking.
  • Hormone Migraines – Women typically experience hormone migraines, which usually occur during ovulation or while menstruating. These headaches can cause severe pain, nausea and vomiting.
  • Migraines with Auras – These migraines are precluded by changes in vision and hearing. Symptoms include severe pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and/or sound and difficulty speaking.
  • Migraines Without Aura – These migraines have no changes in perception prior to the onset. Individuals typically experience extreme head pain, nausea and vomiting. The individual may also experience sensitivity to light and sound.

4. How Do Headaches and Migraines Start?

Headaches and migraines tend to start differently, depending on the type. A migraine may or may not include auras prior to the head pain. Headaches typically do not have any warning signs other than head pain, which may start gradually and increase in severity, unless the individual is experiencing a tension headache or a headache associated with an illness. For example, a tension headache may start with tightness in the shoulders and/or the back of the neck. A sinus headache may start with congestion and pressure in the sinuses.

5. How Does Your Chiropractor in Santa Clara Use Chiropractic Care to Treat Headaches?

Our chiropractor in Santa Clara uses various chiropractic techniques to treat headaches and migraines to help with the frequency and duration of headaches and migraines. Our treatment options work by improving the alignment of your spine, which helps unpinch nerves. Once the nerves are functioning correctly, individuals often experience fewer headaches and migraines and the symptoms are typically not as severe or long-lasting. Treatments we use include instrument and manual chiropractic adjustments as well as lifestyle changes, like eating a healthier diet, participating in exercise, getting enough sleep and lowering your stress levels.

6. Why Choose Hoewisch Chiropractic for Headache Treatment?

Here at Hoewisch Chiropractic, our chiropractor has been offering headache treatment in Santa Clara along with migraine treatment options for more than 30 years. Our chiropractor is adept at locating spinal misalignments and misalignments in the extremities and correcting them using manual and instrument adjustments, the KST technique, the Gonstead technique and motion palpation. When the spine and joints of the body are properly aligned, central nervous system function is optimized and head pain, as well as body pain, is reduced.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Santa Clara Chiropractor

Don’t let discomfort interrupt the lifestyle you love.  Our Santa Clara chiropractor can provide you with headache relief as well as chronic migraine treatment in Santa Clara to help you once again enjoy your favorite activities.  Call our Hoewisch Family Chiropractic practice today at 408-985-8118 to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, Dr. David Hoewisch.  Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art technology and a variety of techniques to provide a full range of chiropractic services.


To learn more about the headache and migraine treatment options from our chiropractor and to schedule an initial consultation at our chiropractic center in Santa Clara, call us at (408) 985-8118. We offer free initial consultations.


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