The Difference Between Migraines and Headaches

What’s the difference between migraines and headaches? All headaches are not the same, but one thing is for sure; they all cause pain and discomfort. Most headaches are accompanied by other symptoms like nausea and vomiting. It can be challenging to differentiate between a traditional headache and a migraine headache. Here is what you need to know about headaches and migraines.

Tension headaches

Unlike chronic tension headache, an episodic tension headache occurs for less than 15 days in a month. Episodic tension headaches have mild to moderate pain that affects the front, top or sides of your head. It usually begins mildly and may last from 30 minutes to several days. For chronic tension headaches, the pain is almost always present; only that it varies in intensity. You may have difficulty falling and staying asleep and have a mild sensitivity to noise or light.

Cluster headaches

It is characterised by intense, throbbing pain behind or in one eye without changing sides. A headache occurs very regularly and may last a short time; between 30 minutes and 3 hours.

Sinus headaches

Deep and constant pain occurs in the forehead, bridge of the nose and on the cheekbones. It intensifies if you strain or move your head suddenly. Feelings of ears fullness, nasal discharge, facial swelling and fever accompany a sinus headache.


This headache can come in various combinations, but the primary symptom is moderate to severe pounding pain in the entire head or shifting from one side to another. You may get blurred vision, blind spots, bright flashing lights or jagged lines. Sensitivity to light, odours, or noise may increase, and you may lose appetite and get nauseated.

Prevention and treatment

Indeed, tension headaches may go away after taking over-the-counter pain relievers. However, learning relaxation techniques like meditation, heat therapy, and massage can help prevent stress-related headaches. For a migraine, one should be watchful of their diet and avoid alcohol, caffeine and learn to deal with sources of emotional anxiety. Importantly, take preventive and prescription medicines.

Can Chiropractors Help with Headaches and Migraines


Identifying and treating headaches as early as possible is very critical in starting preventive measures that may minimise the possibility of a recurrence. Pay attention to the time that headache occurs and note the signs before and during a headache. And to answer your question; can chiropractors help with headaches and migraines? Yes, MyChiro at Bondi Junction has helped hundreds of patients that suffer ongoing tension headaches and migraines. You can then schedule a consultation visit at our Chiropractic clinic. Call us today and let us give you an early intervention to your headaches and migraines before it becomes stubborn or chronic.