HEADACHES / MIGRAINE Treatment in Fairfax, VA

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Headaches / Migraine Specialist

Almost every person has encountered headaches at one point or another. Headaches are very common. In many cases, headaches are not serious.

However, some severe headaches can be caused by problems in the neck or TMD issues. It is important to see a chiropractor experienced in treating headaches as soon as possible.

A migraine is a variant/type of headache that occurs repeatedly and tends to cause significant pain. Migraine pains are said to be sore, throbbing, or pounding.

Dr. Gregory Lee DC at Active Family Wellness is an award-winning Fairfax chiropractor in Virginia. He has significant experience in treating headaches.

This page will provide information on causes, symptoms, and treatment for headaches. Call us on 703-373-7113 to book an appointment.

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Some symptoms are associated with headaches:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the face
  • Sore eyes
  • Photophobia (discomfort on exposure to light)
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Ear ringing


Based on causes, headaches are broadly grouped into two categories:

  • Primary headaches
  • Secondary headaches

Primary headaches are headaches that are not associated with any disease condition. Primary headaches may be caused by drinking alcohol, nitrate-containing foods (e.g., processed meat), poor sleep, bad posture, hunger or skipping meals, physical and psychological stress, exercise, sex, too much coughing, and so on.

Secondary headaches are usually more severe and are most of the time linked to an underlying ailment or medical condition. Secondary headaches can be caused by concussions, trauma, brain tumors, ear infections, viral infections, sinusitis, high blood pressure, brain aneurysms, or stroke.


It is recommended that you schedule a visit to the doctor if your headaches persist for three or more days or when the pain limits normal physical activity and lifestyle.

Ignoring the symptoms of headaches or just dosing on over-the-counter pain relief medications can cause many problems, some with serious long-term complications such as a seizure or even a stroke. Other mental complications such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder could ensue. Patients may become addicted to pain medications and be at risk for their associated adverse effects.


  • Resting in a quiet and dimly lit room will also help.
  • Applying a cold compress, such as an ice pack on your hurting head and neck will provide some comfort. Press the ice pack on head and neck for at least 15 minutes.
  • A warm compress relaxes throbbing blood vessels and muscles of the head and neck. You may use a warm towel, or a hot water bottle.
  • If you have not been getting adequate sleep, you need to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping for at least 7 hours every day will ensure that all your body is well-rested.


Your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms and evaluate your neck to understand the root cause of your headaches. It is essential to see a doctor or chiropractor immediately since a headache may be a symptom of an underlying condition (secondary headache). In that case, the doctor will have to do a full work-up to identify the associated health condition.


Most medical insurance will cover diagnostic tests and treatment of headaches.


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How do we treat headaches?


Is the spine the source of all headaches?

Not all headaches are caused by spinal issues. The various categories and causes of headaches have been discussed in this article. However spinal headaches usually occur after a medical procedure called a “spinal tap” or “lumbar puncture”. Spinal headaches are dull, throbbing headaches that occur less than 24 hours after a spinal tap. They are generally mild and resolve without treatment in about 24 hours. It is recommended to report to your doctor if a spinal headache persists for more than 24 hours.

What causes subluxations?

When a joint is slightly dislodged, or partially dislocated, it is called a subluxation. A subluxation is typically caused by trauma, or injury to the joint. Repeated motions such as driving, grappling, may also cause subluxation. Other causes are toxins, which generally distort the internal environment of the body, causing muscles and ligaments to malfunction.

To fix or restore a subluxation, you will need chiropractor services and continuous physical therapy sessions.

What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?

A tension headache, the most common kind of headache makes a patient feel like string is contracting his or her head. There is a distinct dull pain, experienced all over the forehead. It is usually mild to moderate and may last for a few hours.

On the other hand, a migraine tends to range from moderate to severe pulsing/pounding pain at side of the head. It can be persistent and may go on for days. It is usually accompanied by a set of warning symptoms called an ‘aura’.

What causes a headache in your temples?

A headache in the temples is more likely to be tension headaches.

What causes tension headaches every day?

Physical stress, fatigue, and exhaustion may cause tension headaches. Emotional triggers such as anxiety or depression may also cause your head to ache.

Can a chiropractor help with headaches and dizziness?

Your chiropractor may be able to alleviate and manage your symptoms of headache or dizziness by through engaging you in different manipulations or exercises.

Your chiropractor may also teach you a few specific physical movements/exercises to do at home that may be able to benefit your balance and relieve pain and headache.

What causes headaches in the back of the head?

Tension headaches may cause pain at the back of the head. Occipital headaches too may signify elevated blood pressure. Trauma to the back of the head causes pain at the site of impact.

Is it normal to feel dizzy after a chiropractic adjustment?

It is normal to feel dizzy spells in the first 24 hours after an appointment in a chiropractor practice. this is because the ear (organ of balance) takes a bit of time to realign to the new, and appropriate spine position.

However, you should reschedule an appointment with your chiropractor if dizziness persists for more than 24 hours.

Can trapped nerve in neck cause headaches?

A certain kind of headache occurs when a nerve is compressed, trapped, or pinched down by the vertebra of the neck. This headache is known as the Cervicogenic Headache. The causes may be from a whiplash accident, sports injury, or occupational hazards, as in drivers that sway their heads from side to side repeatedly.

When should you worry about a headache?

You worry about a headache when it has persisted for more tha 72 hours and had defied all temporary or home approaches to stop it, in the course of that 72 hours. You should also schedule a clinical visit if the headache is moderate to severe and limits your physical activities and normal lifestyle.

What does dehydration headache feel like?

A dehydration headache will most certainly feel like most headaches. The symptoms are consistent with those of primary headaches, and include pain in the head, visual disturbances, photophobia and dizziness.

Is it normal to have a headache for three days?

Any headache episode that goes on for three days or more, it is beneficial to visit a doctor’s office for proper work-up and an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Can stress/anxiety cause headaches?

Yes, several emotional or psychological triggers such as stress and anxiety can cause a specific kind of headache, known as Tension Headaches. Tension headaches feels like mild pain or pressure around the forehead or the back of your head and neck.

Commonly managed with adequate rest, sleep and pain medications.

What could headaches be a sign of?

  • Hunger.
  • Fatigue/exhaustion.
  • Stress.
  • Trauma.
  • Dehydration.
  • Infection.
  • Neurological damage.
  • Hypertension, etc.

Why do I have a headache every day?

You may have a headache because you are stressed, anxious, restless, sleep-deprived, hungry, or dehydrated. You may also have a headache because you had a trauma to the head, neck or any part of your body. A headache may also indicate a serious condition such as a brain tumor, increased blood pressure, or a stroke.

Are headaches normal?

No, headaches are not normal. Seek medical advice and attention.