Migraine & Headaches Treatment

What are the different types of headaches?

Primary headaches originate in the nerves, blood vessels, or muscles of your head and neck. You can also have a secondary headache, which is caused by another medical condition, such as a concussion or sinus infection.

Many aspects of daily life lead to headaches. An unhealthy diet, alcohol, lack of sleep, and poor posture are only a few lifestyle issues that often cause headaches.

The types of headaches frequently treated by Dr. Johnston include:

Chronic headaches

Chronic headaches are defined as headaches that occur 15 days or more a month for at least three months. Any type of headache can be chronic.


Migraines often begin as a dull ache that worsens into an intense pain that lasts at least four hours and could persist for days. These headaches are triggered by something in your external or internal environment, such as stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, foods, or caffeine.

Tension headaches

In addition to headache pain, tension headaches often cause tense, tender spots on your scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles.

Sinus headaches

When an infection causes mucus to build up in your sinuses, pressure builds and leads to a headache accompanied by nasal congestion and a runny nose.

Post-concussion headaches

Post-concussion headaches affect 47-95% of patients with a concussion, causing headaches that last for weeks or months after the concussion heals.

What symptoms might I develop with a headache?

Migraines cause intense, throbbing pain that’s worse with movement. You’ll also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.

Tension headaches typically cause a dull pain and the feeling of pressure across your forehead, while sinus headaches are well-known for pressure and pain around the sinuses. A post-concussion headache often resembles tension or migraines headaches.

Your headache symptoms could go away in less than an hour, last for days, or even persist for months. They could be limited to one localized area or affect both sides of your head.

What osteopathic techniques can help treat headaches?

Dr. Johnston uses gentle, hands-on osteopathic manipulations to restore circulation in the central nervous system and loosen muscle tension in your neck and upper back. As a holistic practitioner, he also explores aspects of your diet, exercise, and lifestyle that may contribute to your headaches.

These are a few of the osteopathic techniques that effectively relieve headaches:

  • Cervical soft tissue massage to relieve spasms associated with tension headaches
  • Occipital decompression to relieve migraines by stretching tissues at the base of the skull
  • Myofascial unwinding to treat tissues surrounding the spasming muscles

If you’re ready to get relief for migraines and headaches, call Osteopathic Wellness Center or book an appointment online.